Adelaide and Carlton have confirmed they are investigating and cooperating with authorities following reports of a fan racially abusing Blues player Adam Saad on Saturday night.

Both clubs, as well the AFL, on Sunday confirmed the matter was being investigated following Adelaide’s 29-point win.

The Carlton cheersquad Twitter account highlighted the incident during the match, claiming a Crows fan had called Saad a “terrorist.”

“The Adelaide Football Club is investigating reports of an alleged racially motivated comment made by a spectator during Saturday night’s game against Carlton,” a club statement read.

“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.”

Carlton also released a statement, confirming they were assisting with investigations.

“The Carlton Football Club is working with AFL Integrity and all relevant parties regarding an allegation of racial vilification in the crowd during Saturday night’s game at the Adelaide Oval,” a Blues spokesperson said.

“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 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.”

Adelaide will be disappointed to find themselves engulfed in another instance of racism after former captain Taylor Walker was suspended last year for comments made at a SANFL game.

It’s also not the first time a racism incident has been reported at Adelaide Oval – a Port Adelaide fan threw a banana at Indigenous legend Eddie Betts in 2016.

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