Parramatta captain Kieran Foran is the latest NRL player to be charged with contrary conduct for touching a referee.
The match review panel on Monday charged Foran for a seemingly innocuous incident during his team’s win over Canterbury when he put his hand on referee Matt Cecchin’s back.
However the Eels skipper can avoid missing his team’s next match, the Easter Monday clash with Wests Tigers, if he submits an early guilty plea.
The charge was laid despite Canterbury firebrand David Klemmer being cleared by the judiciary for putting his hand on referee Ben Cummins’ chest last week.
South Sydney second rower Paul Carter is facing a one to two match ban for dangerous contact on St George Illawarra’s Michael Cooper in Sunday’s loss at the SCG.
The charge could leave the Rabbitohs significantly down on forward strength for their `Bad Friday’ rematch with Canterbury in four days, with Sam Burgess expected to remain sidelined by his neck injury from the same match.
Souths teammate Kirisome Auvaa is charged with dangerous high contact on Dragons’ opponent Euan Aitken but can avoid a ban with an early guilty plea.
Penrith are set to lose Jeremy Latimore to a one-match suspension for dangerous high contact on Brisbane’s Greg Eden while teammate Sam McKendry is charged but escapes a ban for a careless high tackle on Josh McGuire.
Wests Tigers centre Chris Lawrence is set to miss his team’s match against Parramatta unless he can beat a charge of a dangerous throw on Gold Coast’s Ryan James.
And Newcastle back Sione Mata’utia faces a one-match suspension for the same offence against Canberra’s Shaun Fensom.