Brendan Fevola takes a brutal swipe at Australian tennis golden girl Ash Barty over her shocking role at the AFL Grand Final – but insists he’s a fan
- AFL star slaps Richmond for choosing Ash Barty to present the Grand Final trophy
- Brendan Fevola says a decision is merely “virtue signaling” and is contrary to tradition
- The number one tennis player in the world is a die-hard Tiger fan who is often seen at matches
Brendan Fevola has swept the Richmond Tigers for choosing Ash Barty to present the team to the AFL Premiership Cup if they win the grand final.
The former Carlton and Brisbane Lions player said the decision is merely ‘virtue signaling’ and goes against the traditions of the game.
The 24-year-old world number one women’s tennis player is a die hard Tigers fan and has caused a stir on social media in recent weeks, regularly being caught on camera drinking beer and cheering over her beloved team from the start. stand.
Brendan Fevola (pictured) has taken a brutal swipe at the Richmond Tigers for choosing Ash Barty to present the team with the AFL Grand Final trophy
World number one tennis player Ash Barty is pictured with the McClelland Trophy after Richmond won it in 2019
“ She was back in the stands about 150 rows last week with a pot going on, yeah, ” Fevola said on Fox FM’s Fifi, Fev and Byron.
‘I love Ash Barty. But she’s a supporter, she’s like a cheerleader member … she has nothing to do with the Richmond Football Club except being a supporter. ‘
He said the decision had been made by the powers of the Richmond club, just “to look good.”
Normally, a club legend would take credit for handing out the McClelland Trophy to the team, but this time the black and gold powerhouse breaks with tradition.
The Geelong Cats, on the other hand, have chosen former club-great Ian Nankervis to hand out the cup if they are successful in the GABBA in Brisbane on Saturday.
We’re not going to see (Richmond captain) Trent Cotchin handing her over to the Australian Open in Melbourne Park in January. They would never do that to the tennis club, ”said Fevola.
Ash Barty is portrayed during a Tigers’ AFL match in the GABBA among a sea of other supporters
Ash Barty is cheering full-time for the Tigers after their stunning 80-49 win against St Kilda
Ash Barty (far right) was spotted during Richmond Tigers’ game against St Kilda enjoying time away from the field
The winner of the French Open herself admitted that she was just as surprised as anyone after hearing the news.
Barty took time off from tennis during the coronavirus pandemic and took the opportunity to support her team, which is currently based on the Gold Coast due to the closure of the Victorian border.
‘I was surprised and honored when Peggy asked me to present the cup. I know there are a lot of other Richmond people who would normally do this, but given the circumstances I am very grateful for the opportunity, ” said Barty in a statement posted on the club’s website.
“I wish the boys all the best for Saturday and sincerely hope I get the chance to be out there when the siren goes to celebrate another Richmond Premiership.
Former AFL star Brendan Fevola (pictured with wife Alex) says decision to choose Barty is ‘virtue signaling’
‘I’ve been a fan of the Tigers for a long time and so proud to be a member of the Club. I trained at the Club with many of the guys for a number of years and loved watching the Tigers on my travels, supporting them is a constant source of fun for me along the way.
“I have tremendous admiration and respect for the club on and off the pitch, what they have achieved over the past ten years is incredible.”
While opinions are divided, many Tigers fans have applauded the decision and shut down opponents.
‘Some people say stupid things. Ash Barty is a die hard supporter of our club as well as a Grand Slam Tennis Champion, ‘one person wrote on Twitter.
Another said: ‘I can’t believe how lucky we are that the world’s number one tennis player has the time and space to be here for us! Love Ash so much! ‘
“Who else … a great choice!” another posted.
‘I love Ash Barty (photo left). But she’s a supporter, she’s like a cheerleader member, ‘said Fevola (right). ‘She has nothing to do with the Richmond Football Club except a supporter’
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