Rugby League - Leeds prop Bailey faces five-match ban

Leeds prop Ryan Bailey is facing a ban of up to five matches after being charged with two offences during the Super League champions' 27-12 victory over Catalans Dragons in Perpignan on Easter Monday.

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Bailey was sent off by referee Ben Thaler eight minutes into the second half for striking Catalans half-back Thomas Bosc.

That has resulted in a grade B charge, which carries a suspension of one or two matches, and Bailey has also been charged by the Rugby Football League's match-review panel with a more serious grade C offence, for which he could be banned for up to three matches.

Meanwhile, Castleford's Australian winger Justin Carney could be suspended for the second time in a month after he was charged with a grade C dangerous throw during his side's 48-18 defeat at St Helens.

Carney, who joined the Tigers from Sydney Roosters in the winter, recently served a two-match ban after being found guilty of punching during his side's 52-0 defeat at Hull on March 8.

Another Australian, Hull KR stand-off Travis Burns, could also be in trouble after being accused of a grade B high tackle in the Good Friday derby.

Burns, who missed Monday's club record 84-6 defeat by Wigan through injury, was forced to sit out the first four rounds of Super League in order to complete a 12-match ban carried over from his NRL career with Penrith Panthers.

He will face the RFL's disciplinary committee in Leeds on Wednesday, along with Carney and Bailey.

Huddersfield's England prop Eorl Crabtree, who has been charged with a grade B dangerous throw in the Giants' defeat at Salford on Good Friday, will also appear in front of the committee unless he submits an early-guilty plea and accepts a one-match ban.

The match-review panel also issued formal cautions to Bradford second rower Elliott Whitehead and Wakefield props Chris Annakin and Justin Poore.

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