There’s below the belt, and then there’s down under.
Anthony Watts, a rugby player for Australia’s Gold Coast Rugby League, is under investigation after an opponent accused him of biting the victim’s penis in a brawl during the Bycroft Cup preliminary final on Sunday, according to News.com.au.
An opposing player reportedly pulled down his shorts and alerted officials on the field after the alleged attack.
In a statement released by his attorney Monday, Watts “absolutely [denied] that any biting of any nature has taken place… [but apologized] if there has been any contact made to that particular area of this gentleman’s body.”
Watts received a one-game suspension on Tuesday for an illegal hit.
According to GoldCoast.com.au, Watts has been been investigated for inciting brawls before. In June, he allegedly threw a head butt after a game that sparked a brawl between rival biker gangs.
Rugby league is a full-contact sport that’s renowned for its lack of protective gear, and has had its share of infamously dirty plays. The Courier-Mail’s roundup of the worst moments in rugby league includes broken jaws, biting, butt-probing and even on-field urination.