” Im not utilized to fans.
” Its all great, theres no dramas.
Panthers coach Ivan Cleary blows kisses to Tigers fans (FOX Sports) As social media reacted to Clearys actions, the fan responsible for provoking the coachs teasing gesture discussed the occurrence on Twitter.
” The indicating the scoreboard, sarcastic clapping and blowing kisses was [for] me, after I informed him what I considered the method he treated our club,” Tigers supporter and former Fox Sports News manufacturer Nicholas Zorbas stated on Twitter.
Zorbas stated his 12-year-old boy had very first given Cleary a – presumably ironical – thumbs-up at the full-time siren, which the Panthers coach returned in kind to the young fan, triggering Zorbas to give Cleary a piece of his mind.
After an expletive-filled rant from Zorbas, Cleary then indicated the scoreboard and blew a kiss back in the Tigers fans direction.
” [I] think I hate Penrith more than the Bunnies and Dogs now. Was so angry at [full-time],” Zorbas tweeted.
” We were gallant and unlucky on a lot of celebrations – and just let fire to an individual I lost all respect for after how he treated our club. Hope my kid doesnt keep in mind some of the words I used.
” I was fed up. That ref was worthless, the rub of the green went against us and I simply really hate him and how he shafted us last season. Do not get me begun on his kid.”
Cleary explains why he was blowing kisses to Tigers fans
On Monday, the Herald reported that Zorbas had actually released an apology in an e-mail to the Panthers, with the club stating that the Tigers fan stated that he had “embarrassed himself, his family and Wests Tigers”.
Clearys child, star Panthers halfback Nathan Cleary, talked to Nines The Sunday Footy Show about the incident and was just as surprised at his dads response as fans were.
” I dont know what he was doing there,” Cleary junior stated.
” I believe that became part of the feeling … it was all just enjoyable and games. I think the Tigers fans were entering into him, so simply a bit of small talk.
” Mum was stuck into him after the game.
” I saw it after the game and went up to him and stated Did you really do that? He shook his head and stated, Yes.”.
Panthers coach Ivan Cleary blows kisses to Tigers fans (FOX Sports) Wests Tigers chairman Lee Hagipantelis was fuming at Clearys actions in commenting to the Sydney Morning Herald.
” It was unprofessional and unacceptable,” Hagipantelis said.
” Those people associated with the administration of the game must not be participating in such a way. I dont believe what Ivan did was especially helpful.
” I discovered that he stated after the video game that he regretted doing it, so a minimum of there was a recognition that it wasnt the preferred course of conduct.
” It was just needlessly antagonistic. Ivan is fully knowledgeable about his history with our club and the way in which he departed. I do not think it was necessary for him to inflame the enthusiasms.”.
NRL Highlights: Tigers v Panthers – Round 8.
Penrith Panthers chairman Dave ONeill was quick to protect his under-fire coach.
” I believed it was fantastic of him to reveal passion for our club,” ONeill stated.
” I had no issue with it whatsoever. I do not understand what was said or what took place, but it was great to see the passion Ivan showed for our great club. I wish the Tigers all the best for the rest of the year.”.
The moment that triggered Penrith Panthers coach Ivan Cleary to cheekily blow kisses to Wests Tigers fans following a narrow win on Saturday night has actually been revealed.
The Panthers were triumphant 19-12 in a spiteful NRL clash at Bankwest Stadium in what was the very first game between the 2 teams in Sydney considering that Clearys questionable exit as Tigers coach to sign up with Penrith after the 2018 season.
Following Penriths win Cleary was caught on cam blowing kisses to chirpy Tigers supporters from his coachs box which drew a blended response from NRL fans in the aftermath of the game.
” It was an emotional game. There was a great deal of emotion there for sure.
As I said, Im not used to fans most likely. I was probably a bit psychological, but Im happy I didnt do what I felt like doing.”
” Im not used to fans. As I said, Im not used to fans probably. Ivan is fully mindful of his history with our club and the way in which he left. I do not understand what was stated or what happened, but it was good to see the enthusiasm Ivan revealed for our great club. I wish the Tigers all the finest for the rest of the year.”.