Hull KR chairman defends mistaken video ref Steve Ganson


Hull KR chairman Neil Hudgell hopes Steve Ganson does not quit over the error that saw Rovers lose to Hull FC in Saturday's Magic Weekend derby.

Hull FC were awarded an offside try by video referee Ganson, who was then dropped for Sunday's games.

"There aren't enough personalities like Steve Ganson in our game as it is," Hudgell told BBC Radio Humberside.

"We all make mistakes. There should be a full investigation so we can determine what lessons can be learnt."

The scores were level at 16-16 with eight minutes remaining in Saturday's Hull derby before Chris Green's try was allowed to stand despite being clearly offside.

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Hull KR chairman wants full review

The Rugby Football League quickly issued a formal statement confirming the decision was incorrect, while Ganson contacted Hull KR to apologise.

"I have some sympathy on a personal level for Steve and I certainly wouldn't call for his head," Hudgell continued.

"I like him because he has some charisma and character, but I think occasionally these people can be prone to brain explosions like this.

"The decision just lacks any rationality and the wider issue is how do we control that level of human input and get checks and balances in place?

"If we leave it at people just saying sorry then the game is off the hook and to me that is completely tokenistic."

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