Hull FC lose Ligi Sao for key period but avoid worst-case scenario

Hull FC prop Ligi Sao has been handed a three-game ban for his red card in last week's defeat by Castleford Tigers.

Sao, who recently sat out two games through suspension, was sent off after catching Castleford centre Jake Mamo with a swinging arm in the second half of the match at the MKM Stadium.

The 29-year-old was charged with a grade D offence by the Rugby Football League's match review panel and faced a disciplinary hearing this evening.

He has received a punishment at the lower end of the three to five-game suspension range but Hull will be without the front-rower for an important run of fixtures against Toulouse Olympique, Huddersfield Giants and St Helens.

Ligi Sao will sit out Hull FC's next few games. (Picture:

"Ligi Sao of Hull FC has been suspended for three matches, and fined £500, by the independent Operational Rules Tribunal after being found guilty of a Grade D charge of striking in last Friday’s Betfred Super League fixture against Castleford Tigers," read an RFL statement.