Why Warriors have shelved plans to appeal Navarrete ban

Navarrete will miss the visit of Warrington
Navarrete will miss the visit of Warrington

Wigan have made a U-turn and decided not to appeal against Romain Navarrete’s ban because of red-tape.

Warriors coach Shaun Wane had planned to face the Red Hall disciplinary this evening to contest his one game suspension.

The French forward was given a Grade B penalty notice for ‘dangerous contact’ which saw him sinbinned late on in the 46-8 win against Leeds.

A week earlier, Castleford lost Matt Cook to the sinbin for a similar challenge against Wigan and didn’t face any further punishment.

Wane says that, after being advised of the limitations of what footage could be presented to the disciplinary panel, he has decided not to appeal the punishment.

If it was unsuccessful, there was the risk the ban could be increased to two matches.

As it stands, Navarrete will be forced to sit out Friday’s visit of Warrington.

Wigan made their decision before the 3pm deadline on lodging appeals.

Two hours earlier, at his weekly press conference, he said he was surprised by Navarrete’s punishment.

“I was shocked, I was shocked at the sin-binning to be honest,” he said. “I never ever imagined getting that phone call, when you compare it to other ones that have gone on this year, and the stance they’ve made so I believe I’ve got a strong case (to appeal).

“I’m not whinging because its my team, I just cannot believe that this has been pulled compared to the other one.

“This has really thrown me, really confused me.”

Elsewhere, Joe Greenwood is likely to miss Friday’s game after rolling his ankle. hy