West Coast Eagles' Sam Mitchell denies spitting allegation

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West Coast veteran Sam Mitchell strongly denies he spat in the direction of Port Adelaide's Sam Gray during Saturday night's elimination final win at Adelaide Oval.

Vision has emerged of spittle travelling from Mitchell's mouth towards the direction of a face down Gray late in the third quarter

Gray had just been awarded a free kick, and Mitchell was standing above him when the incident happened.

Mitchell hunched over, and shortly after a formed piece of saliva dribbled from his mouth onto the turf - only narrowly missing Gray.

Port Adelaide great Kane Cornes described Mitchell's actions as "ordinary".

Former Western Bulldogs and Richmond forward Nathan Brown said Mitchell could have copped a suspension if the saliva had made contact with Gray.

West Coast released a statement on Sunday night about the allegations.

"The West Coast Eagles and midfielder Sam Mitchell are extremely disappointed about media reports suggesting that the decorated veteran spat at or in the direction of Port Adelaide forward Sam Gray in the elimination final on Saturday night," the statement read.

"Both the club and Sam strongly refute any such suggestion or allegation."

Mitchell has played a key role for the Eagles since crossing from Hawthorn at the end of last year.

The 34-year-old has already announced he'll retire at season's end, and he looms as a key figure in Saturday night's semi-final clash with GWS in Sydney.