Elima faces five-match ban

  • Last Updated: February 17 2014, 14:28 GMT

France captain Olivier Elima could be suspended for up to five matches after being charged by the Rugby Football League with dangerous play.

Olivier Elima: Could be banned for five matches
Olivier Elima: Could be banned for five matches

The Catalan Dragons forward, who captained his country in the 2013 World Cup, was put on report by referee Ben Thaler for apparently twisting the legs of Hull hooker Aaron Heremaia during his side's 36-34 opening Super League defeat at the KC Stadium on Friday night.

Heremaia's team-mates reacted with anger to the tackle and Hull coach Lee Radford said in the post-match press conference: "If he's gone to roll his ankle, that's an act of cowardice."

Elima was on Monday charged by the RFL's match-review panel with a grade D offence, which carries a ban of between three and five matches.

He will appear before the RFL's disciplinary committee in Leeds on Tuesday.

Hull KR prop Michael Weyman was charged with a grade C offence of dangerous contact on his Super League debut during Rovers' 34-6 home defeat by Leeds on Sunday and has until 11am on Tuesday to submit an early-guilty plea and avoid suspension.

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