The young Port Adelaide fan has outlined why he went over to Richmond star Tom Lynch following Friday night’s preliminary final.
In one of the most classy moments of 2020, young fan Archer Merritt went up to the fence to congratulate Lynch following his interview with Channel 7.
It came immediately after a fan had thrown a drink at Lynch, with the Tiger telling Daisy Pearce he had just had a ‘Bundy and Coke’ thrown on him during the interview.
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“The Port Adelaide supporters were bullying him and making fun of him because he kicked a goal. We felt bad for him and wanted to congratulate him,” Archer Merritt revealed on Channel 7.
His father Jason explained Archer “felt bad” for what had occurred by another Power fan.
“One of the Port supporters had thrown a drink on him. Archie was getting a bit worried because things were getting a bit violent and escalating,” he said.
“So basically I took him up the back and away from it and said to him, ‘that’s not how you lose and that’s poor sportsmanship to carry on like that when your team has lost’.
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“Archie felt bad for that and understood that that’s not how you lose a game of football and that’s not how you treat the footballers, so he asked if he could get down there and congratulate Tom Lynch on making the Grand Final.”
The fan is facing a ban from the Adelaide Oval after an investigation was launched.
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