Waddell referred direct to judiciary for alleged eye gouge

Bulldogs back-rower Corey Waddell has been referred directly to the NRL judiciary for an alleged eye gouge on Titans skipper Tino Fa’asuamaleaui in Canterbury’s wild win on Sunday.

Waddell insisted after full-time he did not knowingly place his fingers in Fa’asuamaleaui’s face.

But the NRL match review committee has charged him with an ungraded dangerous contact for the 22nd-minute incident, in which he was accused of “scraping across the eyes” by Fa’asuamaleaui.

Both players played down the incident afterwards, but Waddell’s ungraded charge has him facing a potentially lengthy suspension.

“Obviously my hand wasn’t in the best position and once I realised it was on his face I released it,” Waddell said.

“It wasn’t intentional. I just went to get my arm over and push him on his back. He blew up a bit and I didn’t realise what he was blowing up for. I didn’t think my fingers were in his eyes or anything like that.

“I didn’t go on with the motion … My hand was in the wrong spot so a penalty was fair enough but hopefully that’s all [the match review committee] see.”

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