Nat Fyfe was just getting a taste of his own medicine

Many football fans across the country sympathised with Fremantle superstar Nat Fyfe after his sportsmanlike gesture to North Melbourne workhorse Ben Cunnington was sensationally thrown back in his face before the bounce of Sunday’s season-opener at Optus Stadium.

The 2015 Brownlow medallist offered a handshake to the Kangaroos hard nut, who accepted it and then shoved Fyfe off balance in a move that momentarily stunned the Dockers skipper before he quickly composed himself before the umpire bounced the ball to get his season under way.

The move backfired for Cunnington, with the Fremantle skipper best on ground with 32 possessions as his team ran out impressive 82-point winners, while Cunnington was below his usual best amassing 26 touches and giving away five free kicks.

But those upset at the treatment and apparent lack of respect towards Fyfe, regarded by many as the game’s best player, might want to recall the 27-year-old’s treatment of an Irish opponent in an International Rules series at Subiaco Oval in 2017.


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