Footage has emerged of Australian cricket player David Warner locked in an angry exchange with a mouthy spectator.
Warner was seen clashing with a male fan who appeared to be throwing insults at the batsman after he was bowled out during Friday’s match against South Africa.
The clip shows an agitated Warner heading up the stairs followed by a man in a blue shirt who was clapping and allegedly taunting the cricketer.
It appears the man told Warner ‘goodbye sweetheart’, a sneer which didn’t sit well with the Australian vice-captain.
Warner stopped to inaudibly respond to the man as a grounds staff member ushered him along and had words with the fan.
One spectator at home filmed the exchange and posted it onto Twitter.
Several fans shared their support for the popular cricket player and accused the spectator of bullying.
‘Sticks and stones mate, don’t be that guy at school that went bananas over a sledge,’ one man said.
The on-air dispute comes after Warner was involved in an off-field bust-up with South Africa’s Quinton de Kock.
CCTV footage from the players’ tunnel showed Warner and de Kock involved in a fiery exchange during the tea break on the fourth day of the first Test in Durban.
The video shows Warner being restrained by team-mates Usman Khawaja and Nathan Lyon as he directs a verbal barrage at de Kock.
South Africa captain Faf du Plessis then emerges from the dressing room to try to calm the situation, followed by Australia captain Steve Smith and other Australian players.
De Kock was accused of starting the row by making a personal remark about Warner’s wife Candice.
‘Those sorts of things are not on from both sides,’ Smith said.
‘Getting personal is not on. We were very chirpy in the field as well but as far as I know, we didn’t get personal with Quinton.’
A Cricket Australia spokesperson said: ‘Following the end of the second session there was an incident involving David Warner and Quinton de Kock on return to the changerooms.
‘The incident was discussed between the two team managers and the match referee last night and it is now in the hands of the on-field umpires and match referee.
‘Both teams were reminded by the match referee of the spirit in which the game should be played.’