AFL investigates Adelaide Crows fan’s alleged slur against Carlton Blues’ Adam Saad

The incident remains under active investigation, according to the Adelaide Football Club, the stadium and the league’s integrity unit.

“The AFL is currently investigating alleged comments made by a spectator at AO last night,” the league said in a statement.

“Football is a place of inclusion and belonging and there is no place for racist behavior in our game.

“Nobody in our game or in the community deserves to be discriminated against and vilified against due to their faith or race and there is simply no excuse for it.”

The Crows said they were attempting to confirm details of the allegations, including whether the spectator was a club member.

“The Adelaide Football Club is investigating reports of an alleged racially motivated comment made by a spectator during Saturday night’s game against Carlton,” they said on Sunday morning.


“We do not tolerate and strongly condemn any form of discriminatory behaviour, and it has no place in football or society. Adelaide Oval should be an inclusive and family-friendly environment.”

A Carlton spokesperson said the club’s integrity officer contacted the league’s integrity unit after the game. They said they would await the league’s verdict before responding to the allegations.

“The club is fully aware of the seriousness of the alleged comments, and has been providing the appropriate level of support to its people as the matter is investigated,” the Blues said in a statement released on Sunday afternoon.

“The club makes clear that vilification of any kind is disgraceful, unacceptable and has no place in society, let alone our game. Further comment will be provided once the investigation is completed in full.”


The Adelaide Oval has launched an investigation into the behavior of the patron, alongside the AFL.

“We will be reviewing the matter with the AFL and Adelaide Football Club to consider any appropriate sanctions and/or stadium ban,” a spokesperson said.

“We condemn all anti-social behavior and have strict guidelines for all patrons.”

Saad, a former Essendon player, joined the Blues in 2020. The 28-year-old has stood against racial discrimination, including in 2018 when he and fellow Muslim player Bachar Houli tossed the coin alongside the team captains in a sign of solidarity after the inflammatory anti-immigration remarks of Senator Fraser Anning.

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