After embodying the spirit of John Hopoate and Kenny Edwards on some unsuspecting Pom, former hide & seek champion of St George-Illawarra Corey Norman is now a pariah in at least 4 countries, and will probably never play another game of rugbaleeg again, considering he only came out of retirement to play for Toulouse this season:
Corey Norman of Toulouse Olympique has been suspended for eight matches, and fined £500, after being found guilty by an independent Operational Rules Tribunal of a Grade F charge of Other Contrary Behaviour in last Thursday’s Betfred Super League fixture at Warrington.
The player pleaded not guilty, but Her Honour Justice Sarah Wright, who chaired the tribunal, explained that she and the two side members – both former players – were “entirely satisfied” that he had intentionally placed a hand between the buttocks of an opposing player.
The relevant excerpt of the ruling, which will be published in full tomorrow, is as follows:
“The footage of the incident shows a deliberate movement of Corey Norman’s left arm and hand over the top of Oliver Holmes and on to his buttocks.”
“At no point does the footage show a grabbing of the shorts to push Oliver Holmes down as described by Corey Norman. The footage shows a deliberate placing of Corey Norman’s hands and fingers on the buttocks and coupled with the immediate complaint from Holmes, the reaction of his team-mate Danny Walker and the statement of Holmes to which we have measured regard we are entirely satisfied that this was an intentional placing of a hand between the buttocks of the opposing player and we find the charge proved.”Rugby Football League Operational Rules Tribunal | August 16
“Yeah I’m here to pick up my suspension, my name’s Corey, Corey Norman.”
“Norman… Alright, sign right here please.”
“Oh no, these don’t belong to me, I’m not the Assman, I think there’s been a mistake.”
“What’s your name again?”
“Corey Norman? You are the Assman!”
“No, I’m not the Assman!”
“Well, as far as the Rugby Football League is concerned, YOU ARE.“