Rugby League: Dug-out ban threat to coach

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The Whitehaven coach, Stan Martin, faces the possibility of being banned from the touchline following last weekend's clash with referee Steve Presley. The League is looking into Martin's conduct during his side's Divisional Premiership semi-final defeat to Hull, and could bar him from the dug-out if he is found guilty of bringing the game into disrepute.

Whitehaven's David Fatialofa and Graeme Hallas of Hull are already facing the disciplinary committee today over their sendings-off in the same match.

The tackle that is likely to keep Huddersfield's Nick Fozzard out of that match is also under scrutiny at Rugby League headquarters, with Keighley's Robert Roberts subject to possible disciplinary action after leaving his opponent with a broken nose and concussion.