NRL bad boy Corey Norman ‘tried to stick his finger in the back of an opponent’ like John Hopoate – and now he’s facing a HUGE ban on footy
- Norman is accused of performing the disgusting act on rival Oliver Holmes
- Violation allegedly occurred in Toulouse’s Thursday game against Warrington
- If found guilty, Norman will face a suspension of at least eight weeks from the competition
Former NRL star Corey Norman has been slapped with the heaviest charges possible after he was accused of trying to stick his finger in the back of an opponent when the pair had a running fight in a Super League match last Thursday night.
The ex-Brisbane, Parramatta and St George Illawarra star was playing for Toulouse Olympique when he reportedly attempted to perform the disgusting act on Warrington’s Oliver Holmes.
He and Holmes had been involved in several clashes before the Warrington star walked up to the Australian 53 minutes into the game and Norman’s hand was seen on his bum.
Norman (left) is accused of sticking his finger in the back of Warrington star Oliver Holmes (right, headband) in Toulouse’s match last Thursday night
Norman’s indictment evokes memories of John Hopoate’s infamous finger-pricking disgrace against the North Queensland Cowboys in 2001, which landed him a lengthy suspension.
Warrington’s Danny Walker reported the clash to the linesman before Holmes did the same during a later break in the game.
Norman was red-handed and now the Rugby Football League has beaten him with a Class F charge, which is reserved for the most serious offenses and carries a suspension of at least eight games.
The charge is for inappropriate contact and was passed because Norman is alleged to have tried to stick his finger in the back of Holmes, according to a report in The Sun.
If found guilty, Norman will join infamous ex-NRL star John Hopoate who is being wiped out for the disgusting act.
Hopoate stuck his finger in the back of three North Queensland Cowboys players while playing for the Wests Tigers in 2001.
He said he was “proud of my finger antics” in a 2019 interview, despite being roundly condemned by fans and other players for being banned for 12 weeks.
Norman (in white) came out of retirement to play for Toulouse and will now face at least eight weeks’ suspension if found guilty
The 31-year-old was considered a talented but erratic star in his 234 appearances in the NRL, but he also ran into problems and was banned for half the 2016 season for a series of violations.
“You can embrace it and make a joke of it, or you’ll get mad all your life because people are hammering you on it. You just have to embrace it,” Hopoate said.
He also joked that he was “doing a prostate cancer doctor’s degree” when he committed the offences.
Norman retired to join Toulouse as they try to avoid relegation from the Super League this season.
He developed a reputation as a talented yet erratic player during his 234 game stint in the NRL.
The 31-year-old was suspended for half of the 2016 season and fined $20,000 after being convicted of drug possession, embroiled in a sex tape scandal and warned by police about associating with known criminals.