Ben Flower has been handed a 13-game suspension by the RFL.
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Wigan prop Ben Flower has been banned for 13 matches over his sickening Super League grand final attack on St Helens’ Lance Hohaia, the Rugby Football League has confirmed.
Hohaia stuck Flower with a forearm in the second minute of Saturday’s match at Old Trafford and the Wales forward retaliated by punching him to the ground and striking him again on the face as he lay helpless on the turf.
Flower admitted to a Grade-F offence at an RFL disciplinary tribunal in Leeds and will not be allowed to play until April next year.
“Ben Flower of @WiganWarriorsRL banned until April 14 2015 after being found guilty of Grade F violent and aggressive punching v @Saints1890,” the RFL said in a posting on its official Twitter page.
The 26-year-old will miss 13 games, including two pre-season trials, Wigan’s World Club Challenge clash with Brisbane and 10 matches of the 2015 Super League season.
It’s the second-longest ban of the Super League era, with a seven-month suspension having being handed down to former Wigan hooker Terry Newton in 2005 for attacks on the St Helens of Lee Gilmour and Sean Long.