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AFL fans, keep hands off: Riewoldt

  • AFL fans, keep hands off: Riewoldt

    MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 23: Nick Riewoldt of the Saints celebrates after kicking a goal during the round 18 AFL match between the Western Bulldogs and the St Kilda Saints at Etihad Stadium on July 23, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

St Kilda skipper Nick Riewoldt has played down a verbal clash with a Western Bulldogs fan who touched him during Saturday night's AFL match at Etihad Stadium.

Riewoldt reacted angrily after he was tapped on the shoulder during the fourth term of the game, turning around and directing a few terse words at the supporter.

"I just didn't expect to get touched. It caught me by surprise a little bit," Riewoldt told the Seven Network a day after his side's 15-point win.

"I don't think there was anything malicious or necessarily wrong with what occurred.

"But I just don't think we want it to become common that players and fans are touching each other."

Hawthorn great Jason Dunstall agreed.

"It wasn't malicious but the problem is if we start allowing fans to touch players, we set a very dangerous precedent," Dunstall said during Fox Footy's coverage of the match.

"And we know where that will probably end up, so we just can't have it."

AFL icon Leigh Matthews suggested the league should remind fans to keep their hands off.

"It's not a hanging offence. There's no need to suspend the guy from going to the footy," Matthews said on Seven.

"But I think a caution from head office - fans, don't touch players if they come near the fence."

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