IF its the authorities acting incorrectly?
I think the term witch-hunt was ill-advised if only because it detracted from the pretty important things he said after. However a witch-hunt could be factual and it is the most important aspect of his statement. If Hardaker was being treated unfairly then that should be addressed. It would be entirely wrong for the RFL to focus on Hardaker and try to make an example of him, to use means they wouldnt otherwise use and for their motive to have been anything other than the fair, consistent application of the rules and IF the RFL have done so it is of the highest imperative that that is brought to light.
It also strikes me as ludicrous that the RFL made an accusation publicly of a player, provided no evidence for said accusation, then simply dropped it weeks later as if that was the normal way of dealing with things, then charge Hetherington for defending his player. If the onus is on Hetherington find a solution 'in house' (which i dont believe it was, sunlight is the best bleach) then that same onus was on the RFL.
Besides any of this it is just terrible PR from the RFL who have managed to not only publicly hang a player out to dry and walk back from it stating there was no evidence in the first place, cause a public row with one of the games leading figures, draw attention to their original error after everyone had moved on by charging said leading figure two weeks after the fact, then apply a huge double standard.
There is not a single part of this where the RFL have chosen the right path, made the right decision or done something that can reasonably be described as 'correct' nevermind the heady heights of 'competent', we are light years away from 'good'.
(btw, if any of the other rumours about it are true, i.e Silverwood being told to include it in his report, then that should bring the RFL down. Regardless on where you stand on any other aspect of their work, there is one golden rule, the product on the field cannot be manipulated, referees have to be above that. If they arent, we are no longer a sport)
Brilliant summary. Despite some criticism of Richard Lewis - I trusted his integrity, motives and passion and I trusted him to run our game professionally.
That has completely disappeared and I see little difference between the shallow, lying toe rag that David Cameron is and Nigel Wood.
I sincerely hope you manage to attend the event below and repeat word for word what you posted here to the panel of people who are currently inflicting damage to our sport.
I am no fan of Gary Hetherington but for me - he is not the main issue - its the (lack of) integrity, consistency and proficiency of those charged with "managing" the sport.