Corey Norman's season over after Toulouse Olympique star found guilty of 'intentionally placing hand between buttocks'

Toulouse Olympique stand-off Corey Norman has been hit with an eight-game ban after being found guilty of intentionally placing a hand between the buttocks of Warrington Wolves back-rower Oliver Holmes.

The incident occurred last Thursday during the Wolves’ 32-18 Betfred Super League victory over the French side at Halliwell Jones Stadium.

Australian Norman, who has also been fined £500, pleaded not guilty at his disciplinary hearing after being charged with a Grade F offence – the highest possible, which carries a suspension of at least eight matches.

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But Her Honour Justice Sarah Wright, who chaired the independent operational rules tribunal, said the panel were “entirely satisfied” the act was deliberate.

Corey Norman may have played his last game of rugby league. (Picture: Norman may have played his last game of rugby league. (Picture:
Corey Norman may have played his last game of rugby league. (Picture:

Subject to a successful appeal, the 31-year-old will miss the remainder of the season, while the verdict could potentially signal the end of his career since he came out of retirement to sign a short-term contract with Toulouse.

“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,” read the ruling, published by the Rugby Football League.

“At no point does the footage show a grabbing of the shorts to push Oliver Holmes down, as described by Corey Norman.

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“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.”

Norman has started all 11 matches since making his Super League debut in May.

Last July, Kenny Edwards was banned for 10 matches for putting his fingers up the bottom of an opponent while playing for Huddersfield Giants, while Catalans Dragons back-rower Joel Tomkins was suspended for eight games for a similar offence in 2020.

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