The AFL says it is investigating erstwhile subordinate cause Ricky Nixon implicit allegations of counterfeit signatures.
According to The Age, the probe comes aft Nixon allegedly sold footballs that were said to see autographs from the existent Melbourne Demons playing group, who past period were crowned premiers pursuing their triumph implicit the Western Bulldogs.
It's understood the items were advertised connected Nixon's Facebook page.
The Age says it spoke to 4 fans who purchased the items, successful which they assertion the balls were advertised for $575 each positive $20 postage.
Authenticity issues were raised erstwhile fans noticed that definite players allegedly had the incorrect playing fig attached to their signature.
In the report, it's claimed a backstage correspondence from a Melbourne subordinate to a protagonist confirmed to them that the idiosyncratic had not signed the portion of memorabilia purchased.
The AFL released a connection contiguous regarding the matter.
"The AFL has been made alert of concerns [about] footballs with allegedly counterfeit signatures being sold and is presently investigating the substance and has requested Mr Nixon instantly cease immoderate further sales," an AFL spokesperson said.
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"The AFL reminds each fans to lone acquisition merchandise done AFL authorised sellers, including straight from clubs, the AFL store oregon officialmemorabilia.com.au."
The Demons besides issued a connection saying the nine "has been made alert of the alleged income of illegitimate 2021 premiership memorabilia".
"The nine has reported the substance to the AFL ineligible and licensing department, who are investigating the matter.
"For anyone wishing to acquisition authoritative and genuine 2021 premiership memorabilia the nine advises to bash truthful via this link: officialmemorabilia.com.au."
Nixon, 58, a erstwhile Carlton, St Kilda and Hawthorn player, has a well-documented past successful the game.
At his peak, Nixon's bureau Flying Start was location to immoderate of the AFL's biggest names including Wayne Carey, Gary Ablett Sr, Jason Dunstall and Tony Lockett.
Nixon's empire came crashing down successful 2011 pursuing a leaked video ungraded involving a schoolgirl.