Damien Hardwick accused of verbally abusing players at VFL match

Richmond coach Damien Hardwick has been accused of verbally abusing players at a VFL game on the weekend, reports the Herald Sun.

Hardwick’s alleged outburst occurred during Richmond’s match against Williamstown at Punt Road on Saturday.

The three-time premiership coach reportedly screamed threatening language at two Williamstown players following a first-quarter incident involving Seagulls player Darby Henderson and young Tiger Rhyan Mansell.

A source told the Herald Sun: “He branded two players ‘weak f—ing pricks’ and said to them ‘come over here and I’ll show you how tough you are’.”

It’s understood Williamstown fans reported Hardwick’s behavior to officials at quarter time.

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“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 publication.

Richmond released a statement to the Herald Sun: “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.

“As far as the club is concerned, that is the end of the matter.”

Richmond defeated Williamstown by 55 points.


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