Hull FC prop Herman Ese'ese facing possible hefty suspension after 'Verbal Abuse' charge

Hull FC prop Herman Ese'ese.
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Hull FC prop Herman Ese'ese is faced with the possibility of a hefty suspension after being handed a Grade F charge for 'Verbal Abuse' by the RFL's Match Review Panel.

The front row forward has been handed the charge after Thursday's MRP meeting, with the governing body considering fresh evidence submitted by London Broncos after one of their players accused Ese'ese of verbally abusing them in the first half of the Broncos vs Hull game in Wimbledon earlier this month.

Ese'ese's charge read: "Law 15.1(f): 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." The player will now face an independent tribunal on Tuesday evening (May 28). If found guilty, he could face a minimum suspension of SIX matches.

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However, Ese'ese, who has been ever-present for Hull since returning from a two-game suspension after the derby opener, is free to play at Castleford Tigers this Friday night. This is due to his hearing taking place on Tuesday and is common practice for all mid-week MRP verdicts, which contain all lower league and grade disciplinary charges.

Hull's next six games after Castleford are Huddersfield Giants (away), Leeds Rhinos (home), Warrington Wolves (home), Salford Red Devils (away), Hull KR (home), and Wigan Warriors (home).

It is unknown at this stage how Ese'ese will plead.

Elsewhere, Hull FC academy player Owen Haldenby has been suspended for four games after a Grade E Head Contact charge picked up in the win over Bradford Bulls. The prop forward pleaded guilty at an independent tribunal earlier this week.

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