Sport AFL will appeal against tribunal decision to clear Carlton's Charlie and Ed Curnow over umpire contact

10:01  16 may  2018
10:01  16 may  2018 Source:   msn.com

Ed Curnow suspended after AFL appeal upheld, brother Charlie free to play

  Ed Curnow suspended after AFL appeal upheld, brother Charlie free to play Carlton's Ed Curnow has been suspended for one match following a successful AFL appeal against his tribunal verdict but his younger brother Charlie is free to play for the Blues this weekend. Both Ed and Charlie were found not guilty of intentional contact with an umpire but guilty of the lesser charge of making careless contact at the tribunal on Tuesday night.

Carlton brothers Ed and Charlie Curnow will front the tribunal on Tuesday night, both charged with intentionally making contact with an umpire . Sport. AFL .

Carlton brothers Ed and Charlie Curnow will front the tribunal on Tuesday night, both charged with intentionally making contact with an umpire . Sport. AFL .

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The AFL will appeal against the controversial decision by the tribunal to clear two Carlton players of making intentional contact with an umpire.

The decision follows a fortnight of debate over the rules regarding contact with on-field officials.

On Tuesday night, both Charlie and Ed Curnow of the Blues were found not guilty of intentional contact with an umpire but guilty of the lesser charge of making careless contact.

Each were fined $1,000 but will be available to play against Melbourne on Sunday.

Ed Curnow placed an open hand on umpire Nathan Williamson during Carlton's match against Essendon on Saturday, in what appeared to be a dismissive gesture as Williamson was talking to the midfielder.

Blues brothers to face AFL appeal board

  Blues brothers to face AFL appeal board The AFL appeal board will sit to hear the league's objections to the sanctions handed to Carlton's Charlie and Ed Curnow by the tribunal.Charlie and Ed Curnow successfully argued charges of intentional contact with an umpire down to careless contact at Tuesday night's tribunal hearing.

Touch too much: Carlton ' s Ed Curnow makes physical contact with an umpire in Saturday's match against Essendon. Carlton ’ s Ed Curnow also touched an umpire in the Blues’ drought-breaking win over Essendon, but is yet to learn his fate.

TRIBUNAL WATCH: Umpire -touching has proved contagious. A week after Tom Hawkins was given a week for the misdemeanour, Gold Coast captain Steven May and Carlton midfielder Ed Curnow also committed the offence.

Curnow's brother Charlie touched Matt Stevic and pushed him away from a scuffle that broke out between a group of players.

In another case brought before the tribunal this week, Gold Coast co-captain Steven May was fined $1,000 for making contact with an umpire, successfully arguing it was careless rather than intentional.

Dangerfield's stern message to AFL Tribunal

  Dangerfield's stern message to AFL Tribunal The AFL tribunal’s decision to fine and not suspend Carlton duo Ed and Charlie Curnow has again come under fire, with one of the league’s premier players taking aim. Cats star Patrick Dangerfield, whose teammate Tom Hawkins was rubbed out for a week for the same offence the Curnow brothers escaped with a $1000 fine for, called the decision “farcical”.“It’s been a couple of years running that Tom’s wore the brunt of the MRP and that’s fair enough with the jumper punch last season, and now the umpire contact this year,”Dangerfield told SEN's Time On.

Geelong forward Tom Hawkins was suspended for one match after he pushed away the arm of umpire Dean Margetts last week, and Carlton ' s Ed Curnow may find himself in similar trouble this week. The Blues pulled off a stirring victory over arch-rivals Essendon

The AFL expedited the match review process for the two clubs to allow them time to travel to China for the round nine match. Carlton ' s Ed Curnow also touched an umpire in the Blues' drought-breaking win over Essendon, but is yet to learn his fate.

May was trying to argue his case after David Harris awarded a free kick against the defender, and touched the umpire as he tried to demonstrate what he had done.

The decisions have caused controversy, given the decision to ban Geelong forward Tom Hawkins for a week for making intentional contact with an umpire.

a group of people playing football on a field© Provided by ABC Grandstand The AFL had until midday on Wednesday to decide whether to challenge the decisions, and the league confirmed soon after the deadline that it would appeal against the cases relating to the Curnows.

In a statement, the league's general manager of football operations, Steve Hocking said the AFL had appealed both sanctions on the grounds that no Tribunal acting reasonably could have come to that decision given the evidence before it, and that the sanctions imposed were manifestly inadequate.

The appeals will be held at 3:00pm AEST on Thursday.

The AFL will appeal against the controversial decision by the tribunal to clear two Carlton players of making intentional contact with an umpire.© AAP Images The AFL will appeal against the controversial decision by the tribunal to clear two Carlton players of making intentional contact with an umpire. The Blues released a statement saying they are "currently considering the options available" ahead of Thursday’s hearing.

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