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Tuesday, 4 July, 2000, 23:47 GMT
Holland awarded lengthy ban
George Mann suffered horrific injuries because of the tackle
George Mann suffered horrific injuries because of the tackle
Oldham second-row forward Chris Holland has been banned for seven months for the tackle that ended the career of former New Zealand international George Mann.

English Rugby League disciplinary chiefs suspended Holland until 31 January 2001, after finding him guilty of using his elbow.

He was sent off for an alleged high tackle on Mann during a match against Widnes last month.

Mann, the 34-year-old former Widnes, Leeds and St Helens prop who made nine appearances for the Kiwis from 1989-91, suffered horrific facial injuries, including a broken jaw, which curtailed his career.

Disciplinary officials deferred the case last week to consider medical evidence and also requested a personal appearance by the match referee.

In effect, Holland will miss only three months because the Alliance season is coming to a close and the next Northern Ford Premiership campaign gets under way in December.

However, that may not be the end of the matter because Mann is considering taking legal action against the player.

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