Andre Savelio escapes suspension after red card on Huddersfield Giants debut

Andre Savelio had to wait quite a while for his Huddersfield Giants debut, and it certainly won't be forgotten in a hurry. The forward was sent off during his first appearance in claret and gold following a coming together with Hull KR captain Elliot Minchella.

The forward was just 70 minutes into his Huddersfield debut, having made the move to West Yorkshire from Hull FC in the off-season. Illness and injury had kept him from the field until the Giants' visit to Craven Park on Friday.

His red card appeared to put another hold on his Giants career. However, that hasn't proven to be the case because the 29-year-old has avoided a suspension for the incident.

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He had been dismissed, essentially, for a dangerous throw on Minchella, having landed him on his head. It was quite a bizarre incident not often seen. However, upon reflection, the Match Review Panel have deemed the incident to have been send off sufficient.

In the minutes published by the Rugby Football League, an explanation was provided to explain why they had deemed the incident not worthy of further action. The minutes read: "Opponent confronts player who is off balance and opponent ends up in a dangerous position. Sending off sufficient." As a result, Savelio will be free to play for Huddersfield this weekend, when they head to France to take on Catalans Dragons.

Four players have been charged by the Match Review Panel, with two of them suspended. Both of them are from London Broncos, with Ethan Natoli and Rhys Kennedy both receiving one-match bans for dangerous contact. Cain Robb and Jacob Miller, the Castleford Tigers duo, have received £250 fines.