The AFL is investigating an incident by which Richmond trainer Damien Hardwick was once allegedly considering an alternate of phrases with Williamstown gamers all through a heated VFL conflict on Saturday.
- The incident was once purported to have taken position following a melee within the fit
- The AFL says it is looking for “additional data”
- Richmond claims it considers the subject closed
In step with a Information Corp file, Hardwick allegedly referred to as Williamstown gamers “vulnerable f***ing pricks” at quarter time within the contest at Punt Highway Oval.
Pictures from the fit confirmed Williamstown participant Darby Henderson being driven into the fence through Richmond’s Rhyan Mansell.
Henderson retaliated, showing to strike Mansell with an elbow to the again from in the back of, knocking the AFL-listed Tiger to the bottom.
The touch left Mansell clutching at his again and a melee ensued ahead of he took his unfastened kick.
Hardwick, who was once gazing from the sidelines, were given concerned on the smash in play.
“We’re looking for some additional data from Richmond in terms of an alternate between their senior trainer and a Williamstown participant all through Saturday’s VFL fit,” an AFL spokesperson mentioned in a observation on Monday afternoon.
Previous within the day, Richmond believed the subject can be taken no additional.
“The membership recognizes there was once an alternate of phrases following an incident within the first quarter which ended in a Williamstown participant being reported for tough habits,” the Tigers mentioned in a membership observation.
“So far as the membership is worried, that’s the finish of the subject.”
The incident took place not up to 24 hours after Richmond’s AFL finals hopes took a success within the ordinary draw with Fremantle on Friday evening.
The Tigers sit down 9th, with only one win within the closing 5 rounds.