GIANTS captain Chris Thorman could be banned for up to EIGHT games after being accused of biting an opponent during Sunday’s thrilling Super League home win over Bradford Bulls.
The 27-year-old utility back was placed on report by referee Steve Ganson during the Galpharm contest and will appear in front of the RFL’s disciplinary panel tonight.
Bulls full-back Michael Platt made the allegation during the last 10 minutes of the Giants’ 25-24 victory, and if Thorman is found guilty and banned for the maximum, his season will be over.
Ganson sent four players to the sin bin and dismissed Bradford centre Paul Sykes after he protested against his decision to blow for time while the teams were packing down for a scrum.
Sykes has been charged with using foul and abusive language to a match official, and could be banned for up to four games.
Bradford hooker Terry Newton, who was twice placed on report, was cleared of any wrongdoing.
He was alleged to have hit Stephen Wild with a late challenge and performed a ‘spear’ tackle on Andy Raleigh, but RFL chiefs ruled Newton had no case to answer.
Any ban for Thorman would immediately rule him out of Friday’s trip to Leeds Rhinos (8.00).
The only consolation is that the Giants have a ready-made replacement for Thorman in scrum half Luke Robinson, who is available after missing the Bulls’ win with an eye injury.
Three-quarters David Hodgson (chest) and Martin Aspinwall (back) have also recovered from injury.
And caretaker coach Paul Anderson, who will be at the hearing with Thorman, believes that could be vital.
“With a short turnaround, it’s important to have as many players fit and fresh as possible,” said Anderson.