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Richmond AFLs Shai Bolton hospitalised after nightclub fight

Young AFL star’s face is smashed open and his teammate suffers a broken wrist after rushing to defend his new DJ girlfriend inside a nightclub

  • Shai Bolton, 22, and teammate Daniel Rioli, 24, were involved in an altercation
  • Rioli’s girlfriend was ‘subjected to inappropriate behaviour’ from a patron
  • It’s understood neither Rioli or Bolton were under the influence of alcohol 
  • Rioli was punched after confronting the patron and suffered a cut under his eye 
  • Bolton became involved in the altercation and sustained a fractured wrist 
  • He will be sidelined for the next two to three weeks due to his wrist injury 

A young AFL star had his face smashed open while his teammate suffered a broken wrist after rushing to defend his girlfriend in a nightclub.

The Richmond Tigers confirmed young gun Shai Bolton, 22, and teammate Daniel Rioli, 24, were involved in an altercation on the weekend.

The melee started when Rioli’s DJ girlfriend Paris Lawrence was ‘subjected to inappropriate behaviour’ from a fellow nightclub patron.

It’s understood neither Rioli or Bolton were under the influence of alcohol, and aren’t expected to face disciplinary action from the club. 

The melee started when Daniel Rioli’s girlfriend Paris Lawrence was ‘subjected to inappropriate behaviour’ from a fellow nightclub patron

The Richmond Tigers confirmed young gun Shai Bolton (pictured) and teammate Daniel Rioli were involved in an altercation on the weekend

The Richmond Tigers confirmed young gun Shai Bolton (pictured) and teammate Daniel Rioli were involved in an altercation on the weekend

Rioli was punched after confronting the patron and suffered a cut under his eye that required two stitches

Rioli was punched after confronting the patron and suffered a cut under his eye that required two stitches

The melee started when Daniel Rioli's girlfriend was 'subjected to inappropriate behaviour' from a fellow nightclub patron

The melee started when Daniel Rioli’s girlfriend was ‘subjected to inappropriate behaviour’ from a fellow nightclub patron

‘Richmond players Daniel Rioli and Shai Bolton were involved in an incident at a nightclub over the weekend,’ Richmond said in a statement.

‘An altercation took place after Rioli’s girlfriend was subjected to inappropriate behaviour.

‘Rioli was punched after confronting the patron and suffered a cut under his eye that required two stitches.

‘Bolton became involved in the ensuing altercation and sustained a fractured wrist that will require surgery.’

Bolton will be sidelined for the next two to three weeks due to his wrist injury.

Rioli started dating Lawrence, a DJ and TikTok sensation, in February this year following his split from Mia Fevola. 

Lawrence has more than 28,000 Instagram followers, and is managed by the same team as DJ Havana Brown. 

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