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Sunday, 25 August 2019

Crows great's apology after bizarre shot at fans


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Adelaide Crows club director and former captain Mark Ricciuto has been forced into backtracking after sensationally calling out the club's fans after its final game.

Heading into its Round 23 clash, the Crows needed to beat the Western Bulldogs by over 90 points to sneak into the top eight, but were beaten convincingly.

Following the loss, Ricciuto, who has been outspoken about the club's struggles this season had an interesting statement regarding the club's fans.

"Whatever decision has to be made from top to bottom will be made for the betterment of the football club," he told Triple M.

"The supporters should back our people in and if they don't, well then maybe they don't need to barrack for the footy club anymore."

Adelaide Crows

After being slammed for his comments, the 2003 Brownlow Medallist took to his Twitter account to address his choice of words.

"I'm sorry for my words at the end they definitely didn't come out as intended," Ricciuto tweeted.

"I respect 99 percent of Crows fans and their opinions, I also love the club as much as anyone possibly could that's why I do the role I do at the club.

"Listen to the full interview if you have time."

Since making the 2017 Grand Final, the Crows have failed to make the finals over the past two seasons, and coach Don Pyke admitted his team hit a "funk".

Don Pyke

"We just got into a bit of a funk to honest," Pyke said of his team's slide to a 10-12 record.

"We got to the bye in reasonable shape, sitting at 8-5 with a lot to play for, then never really got going in the second half of the season.

"So we need to go away, lick our wounds and have a real look at what's transpired, what we need to change and fix.

"We've got some great people at the footy club ... but we've clearly underperformed against our own expectations.

"We now need to own that and work out exactly what we need to do to get ourselves back to playing the way that we're capable of."

Adelaide Crows club director and former captain Mark Ricciuto has been forced into backtracking after sensationally calling out the club's fans after its final game.

Heading into its Round 23 clash, the Crows needed to beat the Western Bulldogs by over 90 points to sneak into the top eight, but were beaten convincingly.

Following the loss, Ricciuto, who has been outspoken about the club's struggles this season had an interesting statement regarding the club's fans.

"Whatever decision has to be made from top to bottom will be made for the betterment of the football club," he told Triple M.

"The supporters should back our people in and if they don't, well then maybe they don't need to barrack for the footy club anymore."

Adelaide Crows

After being slammed for his comments, the 2003 Brownlow Medallist took to his Twitter account to address his choice of words.

"I'm sorry for my words at the end they definitely didn't come out as intended," Ricciuto tweeted.

"I respect 99 percent of Crows fans and their opinions, I also love the club as much as anyone possibly could that's why I do the role I do at the club.

"Listen to the full interview if you have time."

Since making the 2017 Grand Final, the Crows have failed to make the finals over the past two seasons, and coach Don Pyke admitted his team hit a "funk".

Don Pyke

"We just got into a bit of a funk to honest," Pyke said of his team's slide to a 10-12 record.

"We got to the bye in reasonable shape, sitting at 8-5 with a lot to play for, then never really got going in the second half of the season.

"So we need to go away, lick our wounds and have a real look at what's transpired, what we need to change and fix.

"We've got some great people at the footy club ... but we've clearly underperformed against our own expectations.

"We now need to own that and work out exactly what we need to do to get ourselves back to playing the way that we're capable of."

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