Victor Radley is a fan of the Liverpool kiss, but he allegedly used it in Manchester and that’s why it earned him another nomination for The Fronwlow Medal.
The Frownlow Medal is awarded to the player whose off-field demeanour epitomises the values of the modern-day footballer and draws attention to the status of footballers as role models to young Australians. It covers Australia’s four major football codes; the National Rugby League (NRL), Australian Football League (AFL), the A-League (Football) and Rugby Union’s Super Rugby competition. NRL player Shaun Kenny-Dowall won the inaugural medal in 2015, while NRL star Jarryd Hayne is the most recent recipient.
Folklore says that a Liverpool kiss is best employed in Liverpool, and not in the northern English city which gave its name to bed sheets and pillow cases. As a result, Radley’s alleged headbutt of Ireland player James Bentley has sparked an investigation by the NRL and could lead to sanctions for the Roosters player.
Radley was in Manchester as part of the England team for the Rugby League World Cup. The team were drowning their sorrows after losing the semi-final to Samoa when Bentley and Radley came together.
Reports indicate that Bentley was at the hotel with the England team and apparently started arguing with England coach Shaun Wane, and that Radley stepped in and headbutted Bentley.
Radley has a habit of sticking up for others after a few drinks. He earned his first Frownlow nomination in 2021 for tackling someone on the street outside a party in Byron Bay, and claimed he was defending a friend. His second nomination, however, had nothing to do with alleged chivalry, but came after he was kicked off a plane due to intoxication, just a few months after the Byron incident.
The popular lock forward then earned a third nomination for simulating a sex act on a Blues teammate in the dressing room during State of Origin, in full view of TV cameras.
With this much class and sophistication, no wonder Radley had to play for England.
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