The AFL says it is investigating former player agent Ricky Nixon because of allegations of forged signatures.
According to The Age, the investigation comes after Nixon allegedly sold football, which is said to contain autographs from the current Melbourne Demons group of players, who were crowned premieres last month after their victory over the Western Bulldogs.
It is understood that the items were advertised on Nixon’s Facebook page.
The Age says it spoke to four fans who bought the goods, claiming the balls were advertised for $ 575 each plus $ 20 postage.
Authenticity issues were raised when fans noticed that certain players allegedly had the wrong game number attached to their signature.
The report claims that a private correspondence from a Melbourne player to a supporter confirmed to them that the person had not signed the purchased memorabilia.
The AFL issued a statement on the matter tonight.
“The AFL has been made aware of concerns [about] “Football with allegedly forged signatures is being sold and is currently investigating the matter and has asked Mr Nixon to stop any further sales immediately,” an AFL spokesman said.
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“AFL reminds all fans to only purchase items through AFL Authorized Resellers, including directly from clubs, the AFL Store or officialmemorabilia.com.au.”
The demons also issued a statement saying the club “has been made aware of the alleged sale of illegal premieres in 2021”.
The club has reported the case to the AFL’s legal department and licensing department, which is investigating the matter.
“For anyone wishing to purchase official and genuine 2021 Premier Memorabilia, the club recommends doing so via this link: officialmemorabilia.com.au.”
Nixon, 58, a former player in Carlton, St Kilda and Hawthorn, has a well-documented history in the game.
At its peak, Nixon’s agency Flying Start was home to some of the AFL’s biggest names, including Wayne Carey, Gary Ablett Sr., Jason Dunstall and Tony Lockett.
Nixon’s empire collapsed in 2011 after a leaked video scandal involving a schoolgirl.
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