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 incident took place in Toulouse’s relegation four-pointer against the Warrington Wolves last Thursday night with Norman becoming increasingly frustrated during that game about how the end result was developing.
Referee Chris Kendall was given the nod by the touch judge as the former placed Norman on report for ‘inappropriate contact’ which subsequently turned into a Grade F charge and then an eight-game ban.
It means that his time at Toulouse is effectively over in 2022, with Norman also linked to a different club for 2023 and beyond.