AFL superstar offers an opponent a pre-match handshake in classy display of sportsmanship – only to be brutally shoved in the chest in return
- North Melbourne’s Ben Cunnington greeted his opponent with a handshake
- Cunnington than quickly pushed Fremantle’s Nathan Fyfe in the chest
- The force of Cunnington’s push moved Fyfe back a couple of steps
An AFL superstar’s sportsmanlike offer of a pre-game handshake was met with an abrupt response as his opponent shoved him in the chest.
Fremantle’s Nathan Fyfe greeted North Melbourne’s Ben Cunnington with a handshake before the opening bounce of the round one clash in Perth on Sunday.
While Cunnington accepted the gesture, he immediately turned on the Brownlow Medallist when their hands were released, shoving the Dockers star who stumbled as he tried to stay on his feet.
Fremantle’s Nathan Fyfe (pictured with his girlfriend, Eleanor Bradshaw) greeted North Melbourne’s Ben Cunnington with a handshake before the opening bounce in Perth on Sunday.
‘You got owned!’ one fan commented on social media in support of Cunnington.
Others mocked the relevancy of the North Melbourne player by asking: ‘Who is Cunnington?’
The AFL Code Of Conduct states that players are prohibited from unduly pushing another an opponent, but Cunnington won’t have a case to answer for the shove on Fyfe.
But he could be in hot water for another off-the-ball incident later in the match, in which Nathan Wilson was punched in the stomach with a closed fist.
While Cunnington (pictured with his wife, Belinda) accepted the gesture, he immediately turned on the Brownlow Medallist when their hands were released
Meanwhile, Fyfe received a nomination for the 2010 AFL Rising Star award, won the Brownlow Medal in 2015 and has been the captain of Fremantle since 2017.
Cunnington is predominantly an inside midfielder for North Melbourne but occasionally plays the forward line.
North Melbourne was destroyed by Fremantle, 59 to 141, even though the Kangaroos had been billed as serious finals contenders this season after a summer recruiting drive.
Fremantle will be facing off against the Gold Coast Suns and North Melbourne will be taking on the Brisbane Lions on Sunday.