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Banned Canterbury Bulldog Corey Waddell slams Gold Coast Titans skipper Tino Fa’asuamaleaui over eye gouge claim

“You don’t wish to be often known as a grimy participant, and I’m actually not a grimy participant.

“I’m now sitting on the sidelines for 5 weeks for one thing I didn’t do.

Corey Waddell was placed on report during the win over the Gold Coast.

Corey Waddell was positioned on report through the win over the Gold Coast.Credit score:Getty

“For those who’re gouged, you’d be staying on the bottom and your eyes would damage. However his eyes have been nice and he didn’t even go off. He was too frightened about making the purpose I had gouged him.

“Tino was making an attempt to win a penalty for his workforce. The Gold Coast have been making an attempt to win the sport. I can’t knock him for that. He additionally mentioned it was an accident after the sport.

“But when he didn’t rise up claiming a penalty, I’m not on this place.”

Waddell mentioned he was executing what is thought within the recreation as a “seatbelt sort out”, the place two gamers maintain up the ball provider, then a 3rd participant is available in from behind and locations one arm across the torso and makes use of his hip to assist drag him to the bottom.

Tino Fa’asuamaleaui complains about being eye gouged.

Tino Fa’asuamaleaui complains about being eye gouged.Credit score:NRL Images

A photograph of Waddell’s fingers showing close to the eyes of Fa’asuamaleaui was the important thing piece of proof utilized by the NRL. Ghabar argued on the evening one picture may very well be “misleading”.

“The picture didn’t look good, however you’re speaking a couple of cut up second throughout that entire sort out,” Waddell mentioned. “I mentioned to the membership and our lawyer [Nick Ghabar] if I’ve to cop a few weeks for having my fingers in his face, truthful sufficient, however simply make it clear I’m pleading not responsible to the gouge as a result of I by no means did it.”


Waddell spent this week serving to his teammates put together for Sunday’s journey to Newcastle.

A Penrith junior who was first coached by Cameron Ciraldo within the Panthers’ under-20s facet, Waddell welcomed hypothesis Ciraldo was the popular candidate to move up the Bulldogs subsequent season.

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