The AFL has strongly denied claims of interference in the procedure which hammered Carlton skipper Chris Judd with a lengthy suspension.
Judd’s manager Paul Connors has slammed the tribunal’s choice to ban the star for four matches for his now-infamous chicken-wing tackle.
Connors claims AFL interference in the matter, and is vital of pre-tribunal feedback from match assessment panel chairman Mark Fraser about the incident.
But AFL football operations manager Adrian Anderson – title-checked by Connors on Melbourne radio on Wednesday – has denied any influence in the choices by the match evaluation panel and tribunal.
Anderson says he has demanded the transcript of what Connors said, signalling action could be taken against the player manager.
“Which is nonsense … that is absolutely incorrect and I’ll be possessing a close search at exactly what he explained, and I’ll be assessing it from there,” Anderson informed the Fairfax Radio Network of allegations of interference.
“The allegation of interference is a very critical a single, and a incorrect a single. I’m truly concerned about those comments.”
Regardless of Connors’ outburst, Carlton determined on Wednesday not to appeal Judd’s ban for lifting and twisting North Melbourne player Leigh Adams’ arm, causing the Kangaroos player a shoulder injury.
“I just uncover it outrageous, the vitriol about Chris,” Connors informed Melbourne radio station SEN.
“You’ve got the head of the match evaluation panel producing comments about the scenario ahead of it’s even heard.
“I just can not remember that taking place prior to, where Mark Fraser goes on afl.com speaking about it.
“Then you’ve acquired the head of football Adrian Anderson – if he has not been speaking to Fraser and telling the globe why this had to go direct to the tribunal, I will go ‘he’.
“It truly is just yet another scenario of AFL interference for mine.”
Connors mentioned he believed it had been impossible for Judd to get a fair hearing in the conditions.
Immediately after meeting on Wednesday morning, Blues football manager Andrew McKay and chief executive Greg Swann decided not to take the matter to the AFL appeals board.
But Carlton coach Brett Ratten launched a strenuous defence of Judd’s character and blamed “bad approach” for the seem of the tackle.
“I’ve worked with Chris for five years … and his character and what he does as a leader, he’s in the very best people I’ve noticed play the game and the spirit that they play the game as well,” Ratten explained.
“I can inform you Chris wasn’t there to harm him (Adams).
“Anyway, he’s been done, he’s got four weeks. But if you talk about character and what people bring to the game, he’s one particular of the best I’ve witnessed.
“I can vouch for Chris each day of the week.”