Gareth Hock handed seven-match ban

Gareth Hock of Salford Red Devils during the Super League match between Widnes Vikings and Salford Red Devils at Etihad Stadium on May 17, 2014
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The RFL hands out a seven-match ban to Salford Red Devils forward Gareth Hock for deliberately making physical contact with referee Matt Thomason.

Salford Red Devils forward Gareth Hock has been handed a seven-match ban for deliberately making physical contact with referee Matt Thomason.

The incident took place during Salford's 33-22 win over Hull FC at the AJ Bell Stadium on Saturday.

Hock will now miss the remainder of the regular season, and will only feature again if 12th-placed Salford achieve a playoff place.

The 30-year-old has also been fined £300 by the RFL.

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