A ROLLED-UP magazine in the hands of Deputy Premier Bryan Green could have caused the injury to Northern Midlands councillor Ian Goninon's face.
Cr Goninon has alleged Mr Green punched him during the AFL grand final in Melbourne on Saturday _ a claim categorically denied by the deputy premier.
Asked yesterday if he touched Mr Goninon, Mr Green responded: ``It was a close discussion, he was just behind me and I was pointing at him but as far as I was concerned I didn't think that I hurt Mr Goninon at all.''
The Examiner understands Mr Green was holding a rolled-up copy of the official AFL Record which could have struck Cr Goninon during the argument.
``We were gesturing to each other, it was an argument,'' Mr Green said.
Mr Green also rejected witness accounts that he pushed Mr Goninon back into his seat in the row behind.
The altercation left Cr Goninon with a bloody nose and he left the ground before the game finished.
Cr Goninon was there as the guest of a company while Mr Green was part of the official state government delegation to the match, which also included Premier Lara Giddings and Sports Minister Michelle O'Byrne, who were sitting in a different section of the ground.
Labor MLC Craig Farrell, who paid his own way, was sitting next to Mr Green and described Cr Goninon's heckling as obnoxious.
Both parties are seeking legal advice.
The Examiner understands Cr Goninon's legal team sought video footage of the incident from the MCG, but were disappointed none was available.
Melbourne Cricket Club spokesman Shane Brown said there was no evidence of the alleged incident as security had no record of a complaint or an altercation in that part of the ground in the final quarter and police had not been in contact.
Cr Goninon declined to comment.