Former NRL star Corey Norman will get eight-match ban for ‘hand between buttocks’


Australian Corey Norman has been handed an eight-match suspension for sticking his fingers up the bottom of an opponent throughout Toulouse’s Tremendous League match towards Warrington Wolves final week.

Footage confirmed the 31-year-old former NRL and Queensland State of Origin participant reaching between the legs of Wolves’ Oliver Holmes. He has additionally been fined £500 ($865) for the Grade F cost of “different opposite behaviour”.

Norman pleaded not responsible however the RFL mentioned the chair of the tribunal Sarah Wright and two aspect members – each former gamers – had been “fully happy” his act was intentional.

“The footage of the incident exhibits a deliberate motion of Corey Norman’s left arm and hand excessive of Oliver Holmes and on to his buttocks,” the ruling mentioned.

“At no level does the footage present a grabbing of the shorts to push Oliver Holmes down as described by Corey Norman.”

Holmes complained instantly after the act and the tribunal mentioned his assertion was additionally thought-about in proving the cost.

Kenny Edwards of New Zealand was handed a 10-match ban for the same offence final yr.

In 2001, former Australian rugby league worldwide John Hopoate was banned for 12 matches after he was discovered responsible of sticking his fingers up the backsides of three North Queensland gamers throughout a match.

Norman has began all 11 matches since making his Tremendous League debut in Could. The previous Brisbane, Parramatta and St George Illawarra playmaker had introduced his retirement from the NRL on the finish of final yr, earlier than reprising his profession within the Tremendous League.

He signed a deal for the remainder of the 2022 season solely with Toulouse in April, which has thus far not been renewed. There are simply 4 video games left in Toulouse’s season, that means any ban would lengthen into subsequent yr if Norman did decide up one other contract.

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