Richmond coach Damien Hardwick was "confronted" by a Port Adelaide fan after the Tigers' two-point loss to the Power on Friday night, only for the premiership coach to to respond in brilliant fashion.
Fox Sports caught footage of Hardwick making his way down to the Adelaide Oval turf shortly after the final siren, only for the Tigers gaffer to have run-in with one of Port's witty faithful.
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When questioned about the incident post-game, Hardwick revealed the exchange he and the Power fan had.
“A guy was giving me a tissue. I thought jeez, that’s a bit harsh. We’ve won three of the last four flags, mate, not sure whether I need a tissue. Anyway,” Hardwick said at the post-match press conference.
"Some guy was giving me a tissue... I've won three out of the last four flags mate, that's a bit harsh." 😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/SXhy0aqWcb
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Speaking on Fox Footy, Jon Ralph and Jonathan Brown analysed the altercation.
“He’s been, I think confronted by a fan. He doesn’t react at all so we’ll see whether there’s any fallout of that. It’s clearly not the time to be insulting or making comments of people,” Ralph said.
Brown made note of that fact that Hardwick was a champion with the Power during his playing days, stating the fan perhaps should have shown some more esteem for the Tigers coach.
“Mate, he’s a Port Adelaide premiership player!.A bit of respect.” Brown said.
Port Adelaide's win places them in the top-four with a 3-1 record, while the Tigers currently remain in the eight with their two wins from four matches.
Richmond will face St Kilda next week before matches against the Demons, Bulldogs and fellow Grand Finalists Geelong.