Hull FC prop Herman Ese'ese under investigation for 'verbal abuse' incident

The RFL are investigating a claim from London Broncos that Hull FC prop Herman Ese'ese 'verbally abused' one of their players during Sunday's Super League clash. The incident is alleged to have happened in the first half of the Broncos' 34-18 victory, with referee Chris Kendall placing it on his report.

The RFL currently have insufficient evidence to charge the player and the governing body have now wrote to the London club asking for any further evidence. The incident was reviewed at the time, with Kendall saying: "I've got doubt over what was said there."

If the Broncos can provide further evidence, then the RFL will go back to Hull FC and Ese'ese for their account. That would then be considered by the Match Review Panel next Monday (May 20).

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At the moment, it remains an on-field matter, and if more evidence is presented, and the investigation goes further, then it could, pending the verdict of next week's MRP, go to an independent tribunal next Tuesday.

Jordan Lane has also been charged for a Grade B 'Dangerous Contact' after his sin bin offence. He has been fined £250 but is free to play in Hull's next game against Castleford Tigers on Friday 24.

Elsewhere, there were three bans handed out across Super League. Wigan forward Liam Byrne has been handed a two-match suspension for a Grade C Head Contact offence. St Helens winger and Castleford hooker Liam Horne will miss one game after Grade C charges. Ashton Golding, Esan Marsters, and Will Lovell were all fined £250.

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