Demons slam 'outrageous' claims against coach Goodwin

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Melbourne's board has blasted "unsubstantiated" and "outrageous" accusations levelled against Demons coach Simon Goodwin.

The Demons have released a statement slamming the latest media report in former Melbourne president Glen Bartlett's long-running dispute with the club.

Melbourne have confirmed WorkSafe Victoria is investigating matters at the club.

Bartlett suddenly stepped down as president in April 2021, and was replaced by Kate Roffey, and has been at war with the Demons since.

"The board of the Melbourne Football Club unequivocally refute the unsubstantiated, historical and outrageous accusations against Simon Goodwin and other club leaders as published in today's (Wednesday) Herald Sun," the statement read.

"The views expressed by Ms Laspas (Bartlett's partner, Vicki) are her recollection of historical events and are in direct contrast with the recollections of the Melbourne Football Club Board.

"The board are unanimous and united in their support of Simon Goodwin and are dismayed that he and his family will need to again endure this attempt to undermine his outstanding reputation as a club leader.

"In regard to the Worksafe complaint made by Ms Laspas, the Club has responded to Worksafe's requests for documentation.

"This includes providing documents and proof that contradict and refute claims made by Ms Laspas.

"Over the last two years, Mr Bartlett and his partner Ms Laspas have continued to make accusations about club leaders that are baseless."

On the eve of the 2022 season, the Demons supported Goodwin after Bartlett's concern over the coach's alleged behaviour at, and out of, the club became public.

The documents about Goodwin were leaked just days before Melbourne were due to start defending their first premiership in 57 years.