John Hopoate in trouble again after punch

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John Hopoate in trouble again after punch

Former rugby league bad boy John Hopoate has landed himself in hot water yet again after being sent off in a park football match for punching.

Hopoate has been hit with four different charges by the NSW Rugby League, including a four-game ban for a medium-range striking offence while playing for the Narraweena Hawks.

Any further punishment will be handled by a NSWRL conduct review panel on Wednesday night, which will decide on the remaining three charges stemming from the match.

Playing in his first game of the season, Hopoate, 44, lasted just minutes against the Forestville Ferrets before he was sent from the field for throwing a punch in his side's 26-24 win.

Coming off the bench, Hopoate, whose registration was only organised the night before match, was penalised for a high tackle in his first involvement and a scuffle ensued on the restart.

Following that, Hopoate was sent off for the punch, before he was involved in another verbal altercation off the field.

Another player was sin-binned for throwing the ball at a Narraweena player in the incident.

"We are confident the judiciary committee will deal with the issue appropriately," a spokeswoman for the NSW Rugby League told AAP.

Hopoate has previous charges in the A-Grade competition, including attracting headlines in 2011 when he was also sent off for a punch during a fight while playing for Manly Cove.

Hopoate has since admitted to Fox Sports he acted like an "idiot" in Saturday's match.

"I carried on like an idiot and got sent off, that's it ... It's the story of my life," Hopoate said.

"I said I'd bash him on the field but what's wrong with that?"

The 44-year-old played for both NSW and Australia throughout his 13-year, 209-game NRL career for Manly and the Wests Tigers, however that was largely overshadowed by an NRL record 45 weeks of suspensions.

He was most famously banned for 12 games for poking opponents up the backside during tackles while playing at the Tigers in 2001.

His career was ended in 2004 while playing for Manly after getting a 17-match suspension for a high and late hit with a raised forearm on Cronulla opponent Keith Galloway.

He was also convicted and fined after pleading guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm over an incident in Sydney's Kings Cross in 2010.