Richmond coach Damien Hardwick has found himself in hot water, after allegedly abusing players at a VFL match on Saturday.
Hardwick’s supposed eruption happened during Richmond’s match against Williamstown at Punt Road Oval, as the Tigers were able to hold off the Seagulls and win by 55 points.
Reported by the Herald Sun, the three-time premiership coach apparently took aim at Williamstown player Darby Henderson as he collided with Rhyan Mansell in the first quarter.
According to a Seagull fan, Hardwick was unfairly labelling some of the opposition players.
“He branded two players ‘weak f—ing pricks’ and said to them ‘come over here and I’ll show you how tough you are’,” the fan told the publication.
In the midst of all the drama, a Williamstown supporter reported Hardwick’s behaviour to officials shortly after the incident.
“He verbally abused one of the Williamstown players because of a hit early in the first quarter … there was some sort of verbal altercation with Dimma (Hardwick) verbally abusing the player,” a Seagulls official told the Herald Sun.
Richmond released a statement to the Herald Sun, stating the matter had been dealt with.
“The club acknowledges there was an exchange of words following an incident in the first quarter which led to a Williamstown player being reported for rough conduct,” Richmond said.
“As far as the club is concerned, that is the end of the matter.”
This incident came the day after the Tigers’ senior team shot themselves in the foot and drew with top four fancies Fremantle under the roof at Marvel Stadium.
Richmond were in the hot seat and could have almost stolen the match in the dying seconds, however youngster Noah Cumberland unknowingly played on as the siren was about to sound, resulting in the first draw of 2022.
The senior side have won one of their past five matches and now sit outside the eight, following wins to St Kilda and Western Bulldogs in round 19.
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