Rugby League Star Joel Tomkins Cops Eight-Game Ban For 'Finger Up The Bum’ Incident
Joel Tomkins has been slapped with a massive ban after seemingly attempting to put his finger up an opponent's backside.
Yes, that's right.
A finger up the bum.
Catalan Dragons star Tomkins will now miss eight Super League games as punishment for his actions.
The suspension is the longest and most severe that can be handed out for an incident of that nature.
Catalans Dragons forward Joel Tomkins says his "conscience is clear" after receiving an eight-match ban for making "inappropriate contact" on Leeds full-back Richie Myler in his side's Super League play-off win against Leeds.- Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) November 18, 2020
The moment occurred during the Dragons' clash with Leeds Rhinos in the Super League play-off.
Tomkins's Dragons came out on top on the night, but the game itself was marred by the rather shocking incident.
With almost 55 minutes gone, Leeds star Richie Myler stripped the ball and successfully regained possession for his team.
But he was instantly met with a huge tackle from Tomkins and one of his Catalan teammates.
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While he was scrambling on the turf for a quick play of the ball, Tomkins' hand reached round towards Myler's backside.
And, you can take a wild guess at what unfolded.
As the trio finally got to their feet, Myler made the match referee aware of what had happened but his appeals fell on deaf ears.
The television replays were damning to say the least.
After seeing the ban imposed on Joel Tomkins I can't help feel that the RFL have been Anal about it. #SorryNotSorry- Eorl Crabtree (@BigEorl) November 18, 2020
The Super League's disciplinary panel intervened and hit Tomkins with a Grade F charge meaning he would miss eight games.
Surprisingly, this isn't the first time a finger-up-the-bum incident has occurred on a rugby league field.
John Hopoate was famously banned for 12 NRL games back in 2001 after a string of incidents during his time with Wests Tigers.
Hopkins' similar rush of blood is now being described as doing 'a John Hopoate'.
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