AFL: Former Hawthorn captain Richie Vandenberg ‘glassed’ in New York City

Former Hawthorn captain Richie Vandenberg in his playing days. Photo: Pat ScalaUpdate: Former Hawthorn captain Richie Vandenberg says he is “all good” after he was ‘glassed’ in a New York City bar in the early hours of Thursday morning (US time).

Vandenberg, 39, was attacked at an establishment called Catch bar after a male patron had allegedly acted inappropriately towards two female friends.

He told Fairfax Media on Friday: “The offender was apparently – I didn’t see any of this – being inappropriate to my mate’s wife and her sister on a dance floor.

“The husband and I were sitting down at a table and when he told the guy to nick off, the guy launched into him, knocking him back down in his seat. I stood up and he hit me in the head.”

Witnesses reported the alleged attack unfolded with the male patron holding a glass. A 32-year-old male suspect was arrested by police.

The incident left Vandenberg with a laceration on his forehead but he refused medical attention and didn’t want to go to hospital.

Vandenberg said he was “all good – no stitches or anything”.

“I’m fine,” he said.

A report by TMZ Sports in the US had alleged one of the women had rejected the male patron’s request for a dance.

Vandenberg played 145 games and kicked 64 goals for the Hawks over 10 seasons before retiring at the end of 2007.

As skipper, he was credited with playing a key role in restoring the Hawks’ hardened attitude in the early years under coach Alastair Clarkson – a culture which has subsequently helped them to go on and claim four premierships.

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