Vlaustin's cheap shot on Swans star

Richmond’s Nick Vlaustin is facing a lengthy stint on the sidelines after elbowing Luke Parker in the face.

The Tigers defender was wrapped up by Parker in the remains of a tackle when he suddenly reacted.

Vlaustin’s cheap shot on the Swans Luke Parker. Pic: Seven

Vlaustin quickly elbowed the Swans player, but the impulsive act was seen by the umpire and caught on camera.

“It’s terribly reckless,” said the 7 commentators.

“It could do so much damage to the boy there, you’ve got to be so careful.”

The rogue elbow immediately caused a negative response on social media.

After the final whistle, Vlaustin responded by calling it nothing more than a “love tap”.

Richmond beat the Swans 14.9 (93) to 11.1 (67) to claim top spot on the AFL ladder.