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St Kilda star Paddy Ryder tells online trolls to ‘SHOW YOUR FACE’

St Kilda star Paddy Ryder tells trolls online for ‘WHEN YOU FACE’ as the ruckman and his club strongly deny reports of an altercation with team-mate Bradley Hill

  • Ryder and Hill were reportedly involved in an interaction with customers at a pub
  • Both players had resigned when the Swans crushed St Kilda on Saturday
  • The Saints denied that an altercation was the reason the two didn’t play
  • Ryder took to Twitter to call out AFL supporters who claimed an incident had taken place

St Kilda star Paddy Ryder has summoned AFL supporters, claiming he was dropped from the side for getting into a bar brawl, demanding they ‘show their faces’

The veteran ruckman took to Twitter to strongly deny reports that he and teammate Bradley Hill had an altercation with customers in a Mordialloc pub on June 18.

Ryder and Hill, along with another team-mate, reportedly Ben Long, were on site after the club’s loss in round 14 to Essendon the day before.

Ben Long (left), Bradley Hill (center) and Patrick Ryder (right) were reportedly involved in an altercation with clients two weeks ago following the club's loss to Essendon the day before.

Ben Long (left), Bradley Hill (center) and Patrick Ryder (right) were reportedly involved in an altercation with clients two weeks ago following the club’s loss to Essendon the day before.

St Kilda released a statement Monday night saying the trio had “a verbal exchange and disagreement with fellow beneficiaries, [and] all three left the room without a fight.’

The club released the statement after rumors emerged that Ryder and Hill missed the team’s 51-point loss against Sydney on Saturday due to the altercation.

Ryder missed the game for being “managed” while Hill is listed as missing for “personal reasons.” Long played in the game.

There were rumors that Ryder and Hill had resigned for disciplinary reasons, but the club’s statement categorically denied that this was the case.

“Tonight’s reports that Paddy Ryder and Bradley Hill were not part of the Saints’ Round 15 team for disciplinary reasons are incorrect,” it said.

Teammates Ryder (left) and Hill (right) are very close - the pair are actually cousins

Teammates Ryder (left) and Hill (right) are very close – the pair are actually cousins

Ryder took to social media Monday night to deny in the strongest terms that there had even been an altercation.

“I was not involved in any altercation that has come through the media tonight,” he wrote on Twitter.

‘I just want to make that clear. If anyone has anything else to say, please come forward, show your face and name yourself. I will wait. Good night everyone.’

Paddy Ryder took to Twitter to deny reports of a pub altercation two weeks ago

Paddy Ryder took to Twitter to deny reports of a pub altercation two weeks ago

It’s been a month of horror for the Saints on the pitch, who have lost their last three games by a total of 107 points and dropped out of the top eight.

They will face a crucial showdown with Carlton on Friday night, with the club saying Ryder was available for selection, although it is as yet unknown whether Hill will play.

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