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Latrell Mitchell Facing Four-Week NRL Ban For High Elbow On Opponent

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Latrell Mitchell Facing Four-Week NRL Ban For High Elbow On Opponent

Latrell Mitchell is in hot water with the NRL authorities.

The South Sydney Rabbitohs fullback could be hit with a hefty suspension after he became involved in a couple of fiery incidents during his side's 18-14 victory over the Wests Tigers over the weekend.

In the 32nd minute, Dally M points leader Mitchell landed himself on report for a rather late (and pretty high) shot on Tigers star David Nofoaluma.

The elbow to the head went unpunished by the referee at the time, but it's understood Mitchell has now copped a grade-two dangerous contact charge, meaning he could be sidelined for up to four weeks if he's found guilty at the NRL judiciary.

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An early guilty plea would reduce that ban to three weeks.

Later on in the game, he became embroiled in another moment of madness.

Well, it was a moment of pure magic which quickly descended into madness.

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Latrell Mitchell. Credit: PA
Latrell Mitchell. Credit: PA

After collecting the ball from a Wests Tigers grubber kick in the 63rd minute, the 23-year-old produced some scintillating footy by blitzing it down the wing and jinking past defenders like they weren't even there.

Singlehandedly turning defence into attack in the blink of an eye, he then offloaded the ball to Cody Walker who was tackled by a recovering Tigers defender.

But as he was getting back to his feet from the Stadium Australia turf, Mitchell kicked out in the direction of Luke Garner's head right in front of the Fox League television cameras.

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And while there didn't appear to be any direct contact, it still isn't a great look for the two-time Premiership winner.

It seems the NRL aren't best pleased either and have slapped Mitchell with a $1600 fine if he pleads guilty.

Rugby league fans took to social media to have their say on the matter, with many condemning the Souths star for his actions.

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But it was Tigers head coach Michael Maguire who pointed out where the NRL can intervene in future incidents.

"Garns ended up copping a boot at one stage," he said after the game.

"Technology in the game can refer to that. We end up the other end and we get a penalty against us. Those are massive momentum changers.

"That hurts, with the technology we've got to be using that.

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"I'd like (the incident) to be dealt with straight away, who knows where the game could have gone with that?

"I do not understand why we don't use it."

Featured Image Credit: Fox League

Topics: nrl news, Latrell Mitchell, Rugby League, nrl, Wests Tigers, Australia

Max Sherry
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