‘Pure case of self-defence’: Legend slams NRL over ‘very harsh’ Norman street fight ban

Mark Geyer has blasted the NRL for their punishment of Corey Norman for defending his mate and former NRL star James Segeyaro in the infamous Cronulla street fight.

Norman was hit with a $20,000 fine and was suspended for two games, with one game suspended for 12 months by the NRL for his part in the fight, but revealed he will appeal the decision.

However Geyer believes Norman’s punishment sets a dangerous precedent for NRL players and their interactions with fans in public.

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“Very harsh and if he didn’t appeal it he is crazy,” Geyer said on Triple M.

“I would have done the same thing. I’m getting hot under the collar.

“I am the first to admit that Corey Norman’s reputation does precede him, but a $20,000 fine and a two-game suspension for basically sticking up for a mate, come on.

“That is way over the top. I worry about these sanctions that we are getting a little bit carried away with them.”

Norman and Segeyaro released a statement following the initial incident that Segeyaro was racially vilified and Corey was standing up for his friend.

There was a scuffle and Corey Norman was blindsided and someone threatened to pull a knife and Geyer believes there is very few people in society that wouldn’t have done the same thing.

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“I agree on the crackdown on off-field indiscretions, but we can’t lock our footballers up 24/7 and expect them to have no life away from footy,” Geyer said.

“This incident from James Segeyaro is a pure case of self-defence if ever I have seen it. If you can’t defend yourself and a mate while you are threatened in an attack well when can you?

“Obviously they were targeted by a group who clearly wanted some trouble. They targeted the duo as well as outnumbering them.

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“If I am feeling threatened about my own safety it doesn’t matter if I am a footballer or a bloke walking down the street, I’m going to do something about it.

“I think Corey Norman did that and he heard what they said about James Segeyaro and he went to his mate’s aid.

“For the life of me I think every man listening to this chat would do the same thing.

“I’ve loved the transition with V’landys and Abdo, but this one is going a little bit over the top. He hasn’t brought the game into disrepute. He has defended his mate.”

Originally published as‘Pure case of self-defence’: Legend slams NRL over ‘very harsh’ Norman street fight ban

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