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AFL star Nat Fyfe apologises to fan over ignored high five

Fremantle Dockers captain Nat Fyfe has apologised after a young football fan hoping for a high five from players was snubbed on Sunday.

The 25-year-old AFL superstar said the moment was ‘not great watching’ and that the team hoped to make it up to the boy.

It came after the heartbreaking exchange was caught on camera before Fremantle’s clash with Essendon at Melbourne’s Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

  

Fremantle Dockers captain Nat Fyfe (pictured) has apologised after a young football fan hoping for a high five from players was snubbed on Sunday

The heartbreaking exchange was caught on camera before the team's match with Essendon at Melbourne's Etihad Stadium on Sunday

The heartbreaking exchange was caught on camera before the team’s match with Essendon at Melbourne’s Etihad Stadium on Sunday

Fyfe said on Monday the team was thankful for their fans’ support and had somehow missed seeing the boy, who was wearing a guernsey with his own number on it.

‘We love all our fans, particularly [those] that wear number seven on their backs,’ he said.

‘We didn’t see the young fella and missed the opportunity to give him a high five… usually we would.’

He also said the team would try to make it up to him should he or his parents come forward.

‘I’m sure if he or his mum contacts the club, we’ll do the right thing,’ he said.

Daily Mail Australia has reached out to the Fremantle Dockers for comment regarding what actions they would take.

The Dockers' captain said the team loved all their fans and would 'do the right thing' should the young boy or his parents come forward

The Dockers’ captain said the team loved all their fans and would ‘do the right thing’ should the young boy or his parents come forward

Footage from the night shows the young Fremantle fan desperately waving his arm in the direction of the squad as they made their way back into the changing room following their warm up.

But as each player ran past, the boy’s hopes of landing a high-five faded, with dozens of members from the team ignoring him.

The devastated youngster could then be seen slowly making his way back to his seat, before slumping in his chair. 

Fans flooded social media following the exchange, with the video viewed nearly 100,000 times on one site.

Users revealed their disgust at the Perth side’s behaviour in their online comments, with many reminding the team the ‘fans are what make the game’.

‘SHAME ON YOU! A young fan living over east and all the champ wanted was a high 5 from his heroes. YOU ALL ignored him and the look on his face tells the story,’ they wrote.

After being ignored by the team, the devastated youngster slowly made his way back to his seat before slumping in his chair

After being ignored by the team, the devastated youngster slowly made his way back to his seat before slumping in his chair

Social media users revealed their disgust at the Perth side's behaviour in their online comments, with many reminding the team the 'fans are what make the game'

Social media users revealed their disgust at the Perth side’s behaviour in their online comments, with many reminding the team the ‘fans are what make the game’

While others were also quick to slam the players for snubbing the young boy, who was seen with an older woman. 

‘That little boy’s face shows so much disappointment its so sad. You can’t possibly ever make that better shame on you Shockers,’ one user wrote.

While another fan suggested the club should make it up to the boy by offering him a meet and greet.

‘That’s not good. I hope the club see this and brings the little champ to the club so he gets to meet his heroes and give him a signed team jersey,’ he suggested.

To add insult to injury for the young fan, Fremantle were beaten by Essendon with the score finishing 107-92.

Facebook users were saddened to see the distraught fan and slammed the Fremantle players for their actions

Facebook users were saddened to see the distraught fan and slammed the Fremantle players for their actions

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