Jarrad McVeigh of the Swans (left) and Taylor Duryea of the Hawks.
Jarrad McVeigh of the Swans (left) and Taylor Duryea of the Hawks. JULIAN SMITH

WATCH: Cheeky Hawk 'disrespectful', says McVeigh

WHAT is it with Hawthorn players cheekily landing pecks on Sydney players' cheeks in the middle of big games?

First it was Luke Hodge on Lance Franklin during the 2014 AFL Grand Final. Then on Friday night, Hawks midfielder Will Langford gave Jarrad McVeigh a kiss on the cheek after the latter booted a crucial fourth-quarter goal.

And the Swans veteran was far from impressed with Langford's actions after the game.

"He did it beforehand as well, earlier on, and I probably reacted too much and gave away a free kick," McVeigh told Triple M after his side's six-point loss to the Hawks.

"I'm not going to stand there and take that.

"I thought it was pretty disrespectful. But that's the way it is."

Langford's loved up: AFL round 19
Langford's loved up: AFL round 19

McVeigh found an ally in teammate Callum Mills, who admitted he would be feeling just as disappointed.

"I haven seen the incident, but I don't know if I'd be liking anyone kissing me," Mills told Fox Sports News' Gameday Live on Saturday morning.

"That's what Jarrad thought and he's completely right to have his own opinions on that."

It was one of several on-edge incidents during the fiery clash between the Hawks and the Swans at the MCG.


Luke Hodge of the Hawks (centre) and Lance Franklin of the Swans clash during the Round 19 AFL match between the Hawthorn Hawks and the Sydney Swans at the MCG in Melbourne, Friday, July 28, 2017. (AAP Image/Julian Smith) NO ARCHIVING, EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Luke Hodge of the Hawks (centre) and Lance Franklin of the Swans clash. JULIAN SMITH

Interestingly, Hodge and Franklin came to blows during the opening minutes of the game.

First, Franklin collected Hodge with what appeared a slap to the face following a bit of push and shove between the former teammates, before another incident sparked a mini-melee.

Franklin took Hodge out of the contest with a big bump after the ex-Hawks skipper had kicked the footy, leading to a host of Hawthorn players swarming the Swans forward.

Fox Footy analyst David King added: "He's pushing the boundaries of a report. He's right on the edge."

The loss was a blow to Sydney's hopes of a top-four finish, while ensuring 12th-placed Hawthorn remain a chance of making the finals.

- with Riley Beveridge