An Ilkley player is to be cited after Bradford Salem centre Steve Brown had his jaw broken in three places during Saturday's York-shire Division One derby at Stack's Field.

"There was a melee in the second half and that is when the injury happened," said Salem's fixture secretary Neil Klenk.

"Ben McDonald was sent off for throwing a punch right in front of the referee, but he is not the one who will be cited.

"We haven't named the player to be cited yet, but that should become clearer later in the week after more statements have been taken by the police.

"It was a nasty injury and Steve had his jaw plated at Bradford Royal Infirmary, where he was detained overnight on Saturday.

"Although there are still three months to go to the end of the season, Steve could miss all of that.

"Police took a statement from Steve yesterday and other statements will be taken from witnesses today.

"I am not particularly in favour of citing, which is a modern trend, but you have to protect players, especially when their livelihood is at stake."

This is not the first local case of citing in recent weeks.

Otley flanker Lafaele Filipo was cited by Morley after Alistair Yule had his cheekbone fractured in their Jewson National League One derby clash on December 27.

The Western Samoan was subsequently suspended by Otley for 30 days after their management committee had studied video footage of the incident.

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