St Helens’ Kyle Amor and Widnes Vikings’ Chris Houston cleared to play after avoiding bans for incidents involving referees


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Prop Amor was sent-off in the derby at Wigan but has not been banned

KYLE Amor and Chris Houston have avoided bans after finding themselves at the centre of ref rage.

Widnes back-rower Houston was cleared of bowling over Phil Bentham during Thursday’s clash with Warrington.

Kyle Amor has avoided a ban after being sent off for this challenge on Wigan’s Liam Marshall

The Australian faced a ban of up to five matches but he is free to play on after yesterday’s disciplinary hearing.

St Helens prop Amor was also told he will face no further action, despite being sent off during Good Friday’s derby at Wigan for an apparent high tackle on Liam Marshall.

Replays showed the Cumbrian first made contact with the ball before his arm bounced up, even though the incident looked far worse live.

However, Ben Thaler who issued the red card will not take charge of a Super League game this weekend.

Rugby Football League officials insist he has not been dropped but part of a rotation policy. As a result, he will be referee for the Championship game between Batley and Dewsbury.

Widnes’ Chris Houston collides with ref Phil Bentham

Widnes’ Chris Houston collides with ref Phil Bentham

An independent tribunal chaired by high court judge Peter Charlesworth and including former players Wilf George and Danny Sculthorpe downgraded the charge and, after finding Amor guilty of a grade A offence, ruled that the dismissal was sufficient punishment.

Warrington’s Daryl Clark and Wigan’s Anthony Gelling will serve one match bans for striking and a dangerous tackle respectively.

Huddersfield’s Danny Brough was banned for one game for foul and abusive language towards a touch judge during their defeat by Catalans Dragons, a charge he denied while insisting what he said was aimed at his team-mates.

Bentham is left decked but Houston avoided a ban

Bentham is left decked but Houston avoided a ban

And Leigh’s Gregg McNally will miss two matches for making contact with ref Jack Smith during their loss at Salford.

Meanwhile, Hull have extended Albert Kelly’s deal until the end of next season.

The Aussie half-back was briefly linked with a move back to the NRL but he is adamant playing anywhere else hardly entered his thinking.

“It was a no brainer to extend my contract here,” Kelly said.

Albert Kelly has extended his contract at Hull FC until 2018

Albert Kelly has extended his contract at Hull FC until 2018

“I like to think that I’ve been playing well recently and I’m in a happy place. It was really a no brainer to go anywhere else.

“I want for us to be competitive and to be challenging for all three pieces of silverware on offer and make sure that we’re fighting to be up there towards the top.

“I’m in a happy place right now and I believe we can achieve something this year with the squad that we’ve got and it’s really exciting to be a part of it.

“I’m really happy to be staying and who knows about the future too? We’ll no doubt sit down around this time next season and see what that brings.”

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