SA Police clear Hawk coach Clarkson

Police have cleared Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson of any wrongdoing in his clash with a drunken AFL fan in Adelaide.

Clarkson clashed with a fan while walking back to his Adelaide hotel following Hawthorn’s defeat to Port Adelaide on Anzac Day.

“It has been determined that no further action will be taken by South Australia Police. SA Police consider this matter to be finalised,” SA Police said in a statement on Wednesday.

Video taken of the incident showed Clarkson push a man by the throat.

Clarkson said the time the man had been goading him as he walked back to the team hotel.

“Having been confronted and threatened by a group of intoxicated men and after politely asking several times for some space, I regret that I pushed away one particular individual,” Clarkson said at the time.

“While the behaviour of the group was antagonistic, aggressive and completely unwarranted, I wish that I had continued to walk away and removed myself from the situation.”

AFL football operations manager Mark Evans described the incident as regrettable, adding the league would await the police investigation outcome before taking any action.

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