The most famous of AFL fans, Collingwood cheer squad identity Jeff ‘Joffa’ Corfe, will fight allegations he is a child sex predator.
Corfe was hit with historic child sex charges in May over the alleged assault of a 14-year-old boy in 2005.
The beloved Collingwood identity, who has rubbed shoulders with some of the biggest names in the AFL, appeared in the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on Friday via videolink.
Collingwood supporter Jeff ‘Joffa’ Corfe was arrested in Abbotsford, inner-city Melbourne, on Thursday May 6
Jeff ‘Joffa’ Corfe, sports writer Caroline Wilson and former Collingwood president Eddie McGuire
Corfe (pictured in 2013) is facing two counts of sexual penetration of a minor under 16
Gone were the trademark blonde locks that have long been part of ‘Joffa’s’ colourful character for years behind the goals.
Instead, a tired and grey Corfe appeared on screen with a mask draped across his chin.
Corfe was arrested in Abbotsford, inner-city Melbourne, on May 6 and charged with two counts of sexual penetration of a minor under 16.
On Friday, his lawyer Louis Dean told the court his client would contest the charges on the basis he denied he was the actual offender identified by his alleged victim.
Three witnesses for the prosecution will give evidence against Corfe when the matter returns for contest in December.
Corfe, who returned to Melbourne from Queensland to contest the charges, will remain on bail until then.’
The Magpie fan lived in Fiji for nine months last year and returned to Australia in October.
He completed mandatory hotel quarantine in Sydney, before settling in Queensland.
The day before his arrest, Corfe told his 7,000 Instagram followers that he was back visiting Melbourne – his ‘home’ – for five days.
The regular social media user has rarely posted anything to his accounts since his arrest.
Joffa and Channel 7 Sunrise host David Koch in Melbourne in 2016
Joffa and former Prime Minister wannabe Bill Shorten
Magpies cheersquad legend Joffa Corfe celebrates a goal during the AFL Preliminary Final match between the Richmond Tigers and the Collingwood Magpies on September 21, 2018
Corfe was condemned by Collingwood in March over perceived racist comments about Indian migrant workers spreading Covid-19.
‘Get rid off all Indian workers in aged care might be a start,’ Corfe tweeted about how to arrest the spread of Covid-19.
After receiving backlash to his comments, Corfe was unrepentant.
‘I won’t be silenced by the bulls**t minority pretending to be the do gooders – I’ll have the balls to say and tweet whatever I want,’ he responded.
Collingwood responded, even though Corfe was no longer a club member or ever held any office with the club.
‘Joffa Corfe is not a member of the Collingwood Football Club but has had a long association with our organisation,’ a club statement read.
‘As such we cannot stand by his comments of last night. We condemn them and ask him to consider the hurt he has caused and an appropriate apology.’
Joffa with former Magpie great and commentator Brian Taylor
Former Essendon coach Kevin Sheedy and Joffa
Hawthorn great Leigh Matthews and Joffa
Back in 2019, Corfe said he would boycott matches until the AFL apologised for its crackdown on supporter behaviour.
In a Facebook post, the superfan confirmed all future games were off limits after a spate of incidents saw fans banned and thrown out of games for comments.
‘I won’t attend another AFL game until Gill comes out and apologises to all supporters at the way we are being treated,’ he wrote at the time.
‘Some one (sic) has to make a stand on behalf of all other decent like minded supporters at the way we have been portrayed.
‘Football is all about banter and fun booing and having a go at the umpiring. It’s about us you and me.’
Corfe rose to fame in Melbourne in the early 2000s when he would perform a speech before Collingwood matches at a pub across the road from the MCG.
He famously wore a wig made of yellow glitter for years before then Collingwood president Eddie McGuire gifted him a gold jacket.
Television cameras would train on Corfe in the final quarter when the larrikin supporter would don the jacket to signal he believed Collingwood would win the match.
Corfe became a popular identity on Melbourne football shows and regularly mingled with some of the greatest AFL players ever to pull on the boots.