Hohaia submits early guilty plea

Lance Hohaia leaves the field with suspected concussion.
Lance Hohaia leaves the field with suspected concussion.
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Lance Hohaia has submitted an early guilty plea following his Grade B charge of striking Ben Flower with his forearm in Saturday’s Grand Final.

He is likely to face a ban of just one game.

The 31-year-old was cited alongside the Wigan forward, who will appear in front of a committee tonight to answer a Grade F offence of violent and aggressive punching/punching an off-guard opponent.

Flower faces a ban of at least eight games.

It is not yet known whether Saints or Hohaia will also seek to press criminal charges, however Hohaia indicated after the game that he would accept an apology from Flower.