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The RFL make dramatic U-turn on Herman Ese’ese charge following ‘new evidence’

Herman Ese'ese

The RFL have confirmed that Hull FC star forward Herman Ese’ese will not be facing a tribunal for the charges of ‘Verbal Abuse’, with those charges “unequivocally withdrawn”.

Hull FC signed Herman Ese’ese ahead of the 2024 season and he has been one of the few shining lights for a struggling Black and Whites side.

That meant the prospect of losing the forward for a possible six or more games was set to derail FC’s season even further with that being the possible punishment that Ese’ese could face for the Grade F charge of verbal abuse.

Ese’ese was initially cited for an incident in the game against London Broncos but the RFL did not have enough evidence to charge him. Instead they offered London time to provide evidence to prove that a wrongdoing had occurred.

That arrived last week but couldn’t be heard at the Operational Rules Tribunal on Tuesday due to a backlog of other cases, meaning it was confirmed on Thursday that Ese’ese would go to tribunal tomorrow night.

Today’s final twist has confirmed that he will not be heading to the tribunal at all with all charges withdrawn as confirmed by the RFL today.

Herman Ese’ese sees case dropped as new evidence emerges

The RFL released a statement admonishing Ese’ese and explaining that the forward would not face tomorrow night’s Operational Rules Tribunal.

The statement read: “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to the charge of verbal abuse in a Betfred Super League fixture against London Broncos on May 12 being unequivocally withdrawn.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.

“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.”

As such Ese’ese will be available for Hull FC’s next game against Huddersfield Giants on the road in Super League, a battle between two teams with losing streaks of five matches and ten matches respectively.

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  1. Barbara Green

    May 31, 2024 at 5:51 pm

    Well is the broncos getting charged for making a false claim if not why not

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