RFL bans Morgan

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Tom Morgan has been handed a six-match ban
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Tom Morgan has been handed a six-match ban

The Rugby Football League have banned a player for six matches for racially abusing an opponent.

Tom Morgan, of South Wales Scorpions, was found guilty by an RFL tribunal following an incident during a Championship One game against London Skolars last season.

A statement read: "Morgan, who failed to respond to contact from the RFL, was found guilty in his absence of using offensive or obscene language based on race or ethnic origin against London Skolars player Lamont Bryan."

Morgan has not played for the Scorpions since a game against Doncaster on July 1.

The incident occurred on June 24, with Morgan found guilty by a RFL disciplinary panel in October. His ban was confirmed by the governing body after a period of appeal lapsed.

London Skolars welcomed the sanction and praised the RFL's handling of the matter after Lamont, who has since joined Featherstone, made the allegation.

"The most important thing from our point of view was that if a player makes such an allegation that it is taken seriously," a Skolars spokesman told Press Association Sport. "We are very confident that the RFL have done so and that they dealt with the investigation thoroughly.

"Everyone involved in the matter has given a statement and been spoken to.

"It would have been better if the player in question had come forward and because he didn't, hence we have the result we do.

"It is right that a player feels safe to make such an accusation should it be true. Lamont just wanted the matter dealt with properly and we have every confidence that it was."

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