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The RFL ‘apologise’ to Herman Ese’ese over ‘public outing’ of dropped verbal abuse case


The RFL have offered an apology to Hull FC forward Herman Ese’ese after he was cited and then charged with the prospect of a six-plus game ban for verbal abuse, only for new evidence to admonish him and clear him of any wrongdoing.

It’s been over two weeks since Hull FC had their worst day of the season yet and lost to London Broncos and it was during that game where the alleged incident involving Herman Ese’ese took place.

Referee Chris Kendall confirmed that he was putting an incident on report after the use of ‘inappropriate comments’ and it later came to light that it was Herman Ese’ese who was alleged to have made such comments.

The RFL confirmed that because of the serious nature of the alleged incident, they would require London Broncos to provide further evidence for them to be able to charge Ese’ese. That evidence would come and last Thursday it was revealed that Ese’ese would face the Operational Rules Tribunal on Tuesday (tomorrow) night.

Ese’ese case dropped due to new evidence

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However, the case has now been “unequivocally withdrawn” after new evidence came to light with the RFL confirming as such in a statement as part of today’s Super League disciplinary saga.

The statement began: “Herman Ese’Ese of Hull FC will no longer face an Operational Rules Tribunal, as had been stated last week, following the submission of further evidence to the RFL’s Match Review Panel which has led to the charge of verbal abuse in a Betfred Super League fixture against London Broncos on May 12 being unequivocally withdrawn.

“The RFL is happy to correct the record and ensure that it is publicly acknowledged that Herman is not guilty of any offence.”

It was then revealed what exactly the new evidence entailed, with confirmation that it was “compelling”.

“The new evidence includes an enhanced recording which has been prepared by a specialist sound engineer using the referee’s microphone. This evidence is compelling and contradicts the basis of the original allegations.”

RFL apologise to Hull FC star

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After a traumatic two weeks under the spotlight, Ese’ese can now move on and get on with his rugby, something that the RFL statement confirms the player has revealed he intends to do.

However, the RFL themselves have had to go out of their way to apologise for the public allegations of the incident and offer the deepest sympathy to him for the upset caused.

Their statement concluded: “The RFL has conveyed sympathy to the player and his club for the public nature of this process over the last two weeks – although it believes that all parties and the Match Review Panel have acted in good faith at all times.

“The RFL is grateful to Hull FC for recognising the need to investigate serious complaints. Hull FC has provided unwavering support to Herman throughout this process and is delighted with the RFL’s decision. The Club will work with Herman to ensure that he and the Club move forward from this exceptionally challenging period together.

“Herman has thanked all those who have stood by him and describes feeling “overwhelming relief and gratitude that the truth has come out”. Herman and the club now want to focus on rugby.”

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  1. John

    May 27, 2024 at 5:54 pm

    Doesn’t this imply one or more players at London should be charged with bringing the game into disrepute?

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