Coast rugby league backs down on player ban

SUNSHINE Coast Gympie Rugby League has avoided a court battle over a player's suspension, instead opting to revisit their decision and lighten the penalty.

The league suspended Mitchell McMahon for punching a Noosa Pirates player twice in the head during a game in April.

The league judiciary tribunal suspended the Bribie Island player until December 31.

After losing his bid in the appeals tribunal, Mr McMahon, 22, took his fight to the Queensland Supreme Court.

Court documents revealed last month that Mr McMahon's legal team applied to have the decision to suspend him set aside claiming he was not afforded natural justice or fairness.

Mr McMahon also claimed league chairman Les Williams was biased in sitting on the judiciary panel because he saw the on-field assault and commented on it afterwards.

The matter was originally set down for an interim injunction hearing on July 26 in the Supreme Court.

However, the league's appeal and judiciary tribunals revoked Mr McMahon's suspension a day earlier.

Lawyer Peter Boyce, from Butler McDermott which is representing Mr McMahon, confirmed he went before the judiciary tribunal again on August 1.

The tribunal again found him guilty of player misconduct but only suspended him from playing until midnight on the day of the hearing.

Mr McMahon is still facing a criminal assault charge for the on-field incident.



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