Anthony Watts Gets 8-Week Ban for Biting Opponent's Penis In Rugby League Match

Mark PattersonUK Staff WriterSeptember 10, 2013

Former NRL rugby league player Anthony Watts has been given an eight-week ban for biting an opponent's penis during a match, according to reports in Australia.

Last week, 26-year-old Watts, now playing in the Gold Coast-Tweed Rugby League for Tugun Seahawks, was involved in an incident during a preliminary final against the Bilambil Jets.

As can be seen in the video above, Watts and his opponent were involved in a scrap for the ball near the try line. 

The Bilambil player reeled away in pain, gesturing to the referee that he had been bitten. As the Guardian put it:

He [Watts' opponent] then quickly pulled down his shorts to show the damage to a referee who immediately placed Watts on report.

GCRL operations manager Tom Marzella had confirmed at the time only that the video footage of the incident would be reviewed, and he was quoted by News Corp Australia as saying: "Like any biting charge, while this is a little more unusual, we just have to follow procedure."

That procedure now appears to have been carried out, with an eight-week ban the tribunal's verdict.

News Corp Australia quoted Watts' lawyer, Mark Williams, who appears to confirm the suspension: "Mr Watts has seven days to lodge an appeal and intends on seeking legal advice on this."

As the news report above also states, Watts has been involved in several brushes with authorities during his rugby league career. None are likely to command quite as much global interest as this one.

One wonders what Liverpool's Luis Suarez might think of the story—he, after all, is serving a 10-match suspension for biting Branislav Ivanovic—and that, by comparison, was on the arm, rather than the genitals.