Huddersfield Giants’ Danny Brough handed three-match ban

Huddersfield playmaker Danny Brough has been given a three-match ban for verbally abusing a touch judge.

The veteran Giants stand-off was dismissed by referee James Child five minutes from the end of his side’s 30-12 Super League defeat by Salford on Sunday for using aggressive language when disputing a decision.

Brough was subsequently charged by the Rugby Football League’s match review panel with a grade D offence, which carries a ban of three to five matches.

He received the lower end of the tariff after pleading guilty to the offence when he attended a disciplinary hearing in Leeds on Tuesday evening and was also fined £500.

Brough will begin his suspension when Huddersfield visit leaders St Helens on Friday night and will also miss his club’s trip to Warrington a week later and their next home game against Widnes on May 4.

St Helens will be without their England centre Mark Percival for Friday’s game, after he accepted a one-match ban for a grade A offence of disputing a decision during his side’s 24-20 defeat at Wakefield.