Rugby League: Turner given six-game ban for tackle

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THE SHEFFIELD EAGLES forward Darren Turner will miss the first month of Super League after being handed a six-match ban. The hooker or second-row forward received the hefty suspension, along with a pounds 500 fine, for "highly dangerous action" during the Eagles' 16-6 Silk Cut Challenge Cup fourth-round defeat at Salford on Saturday.

Turner was sent to the sin- bin by the referee, John Connolly, for an off-the-ball challenge on the Salford full-back Gary Broadbent, who was upended as he tried to collect a high ball. He was subsequently charged with misconduct by the League's executive committee and referred to the game's disciplinary chiefs, who ruled that the player was guilty of "obstruction, not in the spirit of the game".

Turner, who has already served a one-match ban for a reckless high tackle on the Wakefield stand-off Tony Kemp during a pre-season friendly, also faces the likelihood of further punishment from the League for allegedly making an offensive gesture to the crowd as he left the field on Saturday.

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