THE GABBA – Patrick Dangerfield has dismissed any indication of wrongdoing after an incident in which Nick Vlastuin was in a neckrest in the grand finale early on Saturday.
The Geelong star attacked the ball and caught Vlastuin with his elbow on the way through the ball.
When asked after the game, Dangerfield turned down proposals for a possible suspension.
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“I didn’t think there was much in it,” the Brownlow medalist told reporters minutes after the final siren.
“I tried to hit the ball away. Three Richmond players came up to me. Had it been something, it would have had an impact on the field.
“It’s easy for everyone to keep playing. It’s a contact sport. ”
Michael Christian will certainly assess the incident in which Vlastuin no longer participated in the game.
If found guilty, Dangerfield faces high charges and a possible trip to the tribunal.
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Hall of Fame members Leigh Matthews and Matthew Lloyd spoke about 3AW.
Lloyd said Dangerfield had no case to answer, while Matthews was not so categorical.
„[Dangerfield] I wanted to knock the ball out and his elbow was still off after the knock and Vlastuin ran in, ”Lloyd told 3AW.
Matthews added, “It’s almost like two actions – [Dangerfield] hit the ball, but then maybe brought up his forearm to protect himself.
“You cannot protect yourself by making contact with another man’s head.”
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At Damien Hardwick’s press conference, the three-time premier coach was asked about the incident.
“The hard thing from Paddy’s point of view is that his arm is up anyway and some guy is walking towards him,” Hardwick told the media.
“Men as smarter than me will make these decisions.”
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Dangerfield scored a goal but otherwise had a quiet night in his first grand final.
He spoke eloquently after the game, but was visibly wounded by the defeat.
When asked about Gary Ablett, he got emotional.
“We’re bitterly disappointed, but we had a great run,” said Dangerfield.
“We just couldn’t quite execute when it mattered. While we are incredibly disappointed, Richmond has been fantastic and we will learn a lot from it.
“We’re down, but not out. We will regroup. Our strength this year was to stick together and ride the ups and downs.
“While it’s tough and the competition is over now, we’re going to come back bigger, better, and stronger.”
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