CLUB PROBE: Clayton Oliver (with the ball) is the subject of an inquiry by his Melbourne club into an alleged clash with a fan.
CLUB PROBE: Clayton Oliver (with the ball) is the subject of an inquiry by his Melbourne club into an alleged clash with a fan. JULIAN SMITH

Probe into Oliver's alleged clash with fan

MELBOURNE will investigate claims young Demon Clayton Oliver threatened a Carlton fan in an ugly exchange at the MCG on Sunday.

Oliver was close to the fence when he appeared to snap back at a fan for something said in the crowd in the second quarter of the Demons' eight-point win.

It was reported on Sunday night that Oliver threatened the fan in the verbal exchange.

However, the AFL had not received any complaints about the incident on Sunday night.

A league spokesman said the league would receive a security report from the game on Monday.

Melbourne officials suspect Oliver was provoked by a spectator sledge in the incident.

Demons' coach Simon Goodwin said he would speak to Oliver about the verbal clash on Monday.

"I'll sit down with Clayton if that (threatening language) is what has happened,” Goodwin said.

"Clearly Clayton is not going to react to something unnecessarily.

"Let's get all the information on it before we start criticising.”

Oliver was one of the Demons' best players.

"I think the character of the kid shows what he is about, he continues to play the game at a really high level in the areas that we love,” Goodwin said.

"He's a quality person and quality kid who just loves the contest and I thought today he was very good, outstanding.”

It was reported on Monday morning the Carlton fan called Oliver "weak” followed by a four-letter word, but former St Kilda and North Melbourne star Nick Dal Santo said players had to ignore vitriol from over the fence.

"Don't even go there,” he said on SEN radio.

"You cop stuff all the time ... Unless it's racist, just cop your right whack and move on, there is nothing you can do about it and there is nothing positive that can come from it.”

Two weeks ago Oliver was at the centre of a staging storm after he crumbled following contact from Eagle Will Schofield.

Schofield was charged by the MRP then cleared by the tribunal, while Oliver took to Twitter to respond to a comment from former Test cricket Damien Martyn, who asked if he was watching AFL or soccer.



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