A spectator at Hagley Oval was been in a scuffle with security yesterday when they tried to remove the man for excessively heckling the Australian team.

Tempers ran high during the second test between Australia and New Zealand, with Australian captain Steve Smith and bowler Josh Hazlewood both reprimanded for yelling obscenities about the third umpire.

The anger appeared to move off the field, with a male spectator removed and accused of rowdily mouthing off about the Australians.

Images show the man being grabbed in the face by an official during an intense confrontation.

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Other security guards and police officers intervened to separate the elderly guard and the rowdy crowd member, with the elderly official grabbing the younger man across the face forcefully.

The spectator continued to argue while he was escorted from the venue by two police officers.