Explosive fallout in Kevin Proctor's NRL biting scandal

Pictured here, footage appearing to show Kevin Proctor biting Shaun Johnson.
Footage showed Kevin Proctor's mouth around the arm of Shaun Johnson. Pic: Fox Sports

Gold Coast forward Kevin Proctor has protested his innocence over a biting allegation that could see him hit with a heavy NRL suspension.

Proctor will deny a biting charge at the NRL judiciary after his case was sent straight to the panel by the match review committee on Sunday.

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Proctor faces a lengthy ban from if found guilty on Tuesday night, after becoming the first player in the league's history to be sent off for biting.

The Gold Coast captain's NRL future could also rest on the decision, given he is off contract at the end of the year and no guarantee of being re-signed.

Proctor insists that he did not bite Cronulla's Shaun Johnson, after doubling down on claims he felt he was being choked by the halfback's arm across his mouth.

"I will be telling the NRL judiciary I didn't bite Shaun Johnson," Proctor told the Courier Mail.

"I didn't bite him, I am 100 per cent on that. I will fight to the death to clear my name.

"I'm so pissed off about this."

Johnson blew up over the incident on Saturday, showing officials apparent teeth marks on his arm before Proctor was eventually sent off.

However, Johnson later made up with his Kiwis teammate and said he would not pursue the matter, meaning the judiciary will have to prove Proctor's guilt without the Cronulla player's testimony.

"What happens on the field stays no the field, we don't need to talk about it now," Johnson said on Fox League post match.

Proctor said being accused of biting was the "lowest thing" a footy player could face and was devastated the drama overshadowed his 250-game milestone.

“It was a weird situation. I felt like I was being choked. I could feel my mouth being forced open and the pressure on my throat was getting tighter and tighter. I was finding it harder to breathe,” he said.

Proctor angrily denies biting allegation

“I don’t want to be portrayed as a biter because no player in the NRL wants to be seen as a dirty player like that.

“I’m devastated because my 250th game will be remembered for me being sent off for biting someone. That dampens my achievement forever, it’s a sour ending to a milestone game.”

Former players Brad Fittler and Gorden Tallis leapt to Proctor's defence on Sunday, after the Titans' head of performance Mal Meninga did likewise on Saturday.

"The fact is, his hand's right in his mouth anyway," Fittler said on Nine Network's Footy Show.

"His mouth was around his arm but I think he didn't have much other chance for it not to be.

"Poor old Kevin Proctor, the bloke's got his forearm down his throat just about. What are you supposed to do?"

Kevin Proctor is seen here arguing with the referee after being accused of biting.
Kevin Proctor was furious with the send-off for an alleged bite. Pic: Getty

The lack of testimony from Johnson could mean little on Tuesday night at NRL headquarters, with Proctor likely to face a ban of between three and 12 weeks, if found guilty.

The NRL will still use television footage of the incident, with referee Henry Perenara claiming there was a "definite bite" after conferring with the Bunker.

Four players have been found guilty of biting since the Super League war in the 1990s.

James Graham's penalty of 12 games is the most significant after his infamous 2012 grand final ear bite on Billy Slater.

Slater did not give evidence on the night, but that did little to save Graham.

Melbourne prop Jesse Bromwich was the most recent to front the judiciary on such a charge, found not guilty of biting Josh Dugan in 2015.

On that occasion Dugan offered evidence in the hearing.

with AAP