Simon Grix reveals 'honest' talk with Herman Ese'ese as Hull FC prop cleared of abuse charge

Herman Ese'ese in action for Hull FC at Doncaster.
-Credit: (Image: Dave Lofthouse/Hull FC)

Simon Grix has put on record that Hull FC prop Herman Ese'ese always maintained his innocence after a 'verbal abuse' charge went against him and insisted that he never said anything out of turn.

London Broncos issued a complaint against the Black and Whites front rower following the clash in Wimbledon earlier this month. The RFL took that complaint seriously, and asked London for further evidence after referee Chris Kendall failed to pick up what was said, with the incident happening as a scrum was formed in the first half of the game.

London then supplied that further evidence, with the RFL's Match Review Panel handing Ese'ese a Grade F charge that held a minimum six-game ban. However, the charge was 'unequivocally withdrawn' after an enhanced recording which has been prepared by a specialist sound engineer using the referee’s microphone cleared Ese'ese's name, with the findings 'compelling' and 'contradicting' of the original allegations.

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Grix, meanwhile, was asked about the situation by BBC Humberside after Friday night's game, with Ese'ese now cleared and avoiding any tribunal hearing. He said: "It was disappointing to have that charge brought. I wasn't on the field. I don't know what was said. Herman had his view. London's player Sid (Sadiq Adebiyi) and their players had their view.

"Herman has never been in trouble for anything before. He's a good man and an honest person. I spoke to him and he feels that he didn't say anything that was out of order.

"He's been really good for us, Herman. He's had his moments that have hurt us, as has everyone, but he's one of our brighter sparks from the season so far."

Hull FC and the RFL released a full statement following the clearing of Ese'ese's name, with the governing body going on record to 'publicly acknowledged that Herman is not guilty of any offence.' The full statement can be read here.

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