Gareth Hock: Salford forward banned for six games over kneeing

Gareth Hock
Gareth Hock (right) tackles Mose Masoe of St Helens during last Thursday's game

Salford Red Devils forward Gareth Hock has been banned for six games for recklessly using his knees twice during their Super League defeat by St Helens.

The former Wigan and England second row was banned for three matches per offence committed during the Red Devils' 52-6 defeat last Thursday.

Hock was penalised for a tackle on Tommy Makinson in the 53rd minute.

He was then sin-binned for a repeat offence on Mose Masoe in the 61st minute.

The 31-year-old, who missed the end of last season after being given a seven-match ban for making deliberate contact with a referee, was also fined £600.

Catalans Dragons forwards Eloi Pelissier and Olivier Elima were also both suspended and fined £300 after pleading guilty to foul play during Saturday's 13-12 win over Castleford.

Pelissier was given a two-match ban after admitting a shoulder charge on Castleford prop Scott Wheeldon, while Elima received a one-match ban for repeated punching.

Gareth Hock's roll of shame
July 2008: Banned for five matches for manhandling referee Ian Smith
July 2009: Given a two-year ban after testing positive for cocaine
Sept 2011: Banned for five matches for gouging and punching Warrington's Ben Harrison
May 2013: Received a four-match ban for making deliberate contact with referee George Stokes during Challenge Cup win over Workington
Oct 2013: Thrown out of England's World Cup squad on the eve of the opening game for several breaches of discipline
July 2014: Banned for seven matches for deliberately colliding with referee Matt Thomason during a Super League match against Hull

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