He's also a professor at Liverpool University although it's not clear how many hours he spends on this. No mention is made on the University website of his RFL chairmanship but it does give details of some consultancies and he is a Liverpool FC fan. On the face of it, it does look as though RL is on a par with football's Conference.
Professor Brian Barwick
Professor of Strategic Management
Tel 00 33 (0)151 795 37326
Former Chief Executive of the Football Association and former head of both ITV and BBC Sport, Brian provides teaching support (particularly on the Football and Media Module) and placement assistance. Brian also provides consultancy for expanding the FIG, FIMBA and FIMBA Alumni Association brands.
Brian graduated from the University of Liverpool with a degree in Economics in 1975 and is a fan of Liverpool FC.
The unfortunate thing about it (apart from the injuries obviously!) is that if it hadn't happened the ref and touch judges would have noticed that Widnes scored....
Russell had already lost the ball, Mellor I think - or it could have been Hanbury - kicked the ball forward and it was touched down over the line by a Widnes player. Only seen it live so don't know if the sky cameras picked it up either.
Interesting point. I don't think there was a subsequent knock on by a Widnes player so in the circumstances I think the rule is to play on until there is a stoppage in play as happened when Hanbury scored against Salford at the Magic Weekend. I think it was Mellor who touched the ball down over the try line but just after the referee had blown to stop play. As in the Hanbury try play had moved away from the injured player. Anyway good to know that Matty Russell's injuries are not as bad as first thought.