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Hermen Ese’ese on verge of monster ban as he’s sent to tribunal for verbal abuse

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The RFL has confirmed that Hull FC player Herman Ese’ese faces a significant suspension, after receiving a Grade F charge for verbal abuse. Ese’ese was accused of using the offending language in Hull’s Super League defeat against the London Broncos. 

London Broncos were asked to submit further evidence after the incident was reported on the field. That evidence was submitted earlier this week. However, it was not submitted in time for Tuesday’s Match Review Panel. On Tuesday, the RFL issued a short statement stating that they had received London’s evidence and it would be considered.

If found guilty of the offence, the Hull man faces a maximum six-match suspension and a fine for the charge. Grade F charges require players to attend a mandatory Operational Rules Tribunal with the RFL, which will take place on Tuesday of next week. As a result, Ese’ese is available for this weekend’s game against Castleford Tigers despite the charge.

Hull FC man faces significant suspension

Hull FC

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A short statement from Hull FC has confirmed that Herman Ese’ese faces a Grade ‘F’ offence for verbal abuse. The statement reads:

“Herman Ese’ese has been charged by the Match Review Panel following the club’s Betfred Super League Round 11 fixture against London Broncos earlier this month.

“Ese’ese has been charged with a Grade F offence of ‘verbal abuse’. The incident has been referred to a tribunal, which will take place on Tuesday 28th May.”

If the charge is upheld at Tuesday’s operational tribunal, Ese’ese could miss a string of important fixtures for the Black and Whites. After their game against Castleford, they travel to the Huddersfield Giants. They then have back to back home games against Leeds Rhinos and Warrington Wolves.

They then travel to Salford Red Devils before hosting cross-city rivals Hull KR. If Ese’ese receives the maximum suspension, he would also miss FC’s home game against Wigan Warriors.

Match Review Panel minutes give further details

Hull FC director of rugby Richie Myler right, interim head coach Simon Grix centre and head of emerging talent Francis Cummins left watch on.

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The minutes of the RFL’s Match review panel provide further details on the offence. According to the document the abuse was based on unacceptable language towards a protected characteristic. The minutes’ state Ese’ese used:

“Verbal abuse based on race, colour, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability, national or ethnic origin or any other form of Unacceptable Language and/or Behaviour”.

Losing Ese’ese for a significant period would represent a major blow to Hull FC, who are having a disastrous season. They have won just once, and their defeat against London was the Broncos only win of the season so far.

Things appeared to be looking up for FC, who recently appointed their next permanent head coach in John Cartwright. However, the loss of Ese’ese will weaken a side which is already heavily reliant on youngsters, despite a flurry of transfer activity in recent weeks, in an attempt to turn around their fortunes.

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