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

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The controversy over the rules around players making contact with umpires continues, with the AFL appealing against the tribunal ' s decision to clear Carlton pair Charlie and Ed Curnow .

AFL will appeal against tribunal decision to clear Carlton ' s Charlie and Ed Curnow over umpire contact The AFL will appeal against the controversial External Link: Carlton ' s Ed Curnow touches umpire Nathan Williamson Each were fined ,000 but will be available to play against Melbourne on

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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.

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AFL will appeal the decision of the court to remove Carlton ' s Charlie and Ed Curnow on contact with the referee.

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

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.

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  AFL ump touch confusion after Blues fined The AFL tribunal has fined Carlton's Ed and Charlie Curnow a week after Geelong's Tom Hawkins was banned for the same offence.AFL football boss Steve Hocking still has the option to appeal after Charlie and Ed Curnow were fined rather than suspended after being sent directly to the tribunal for making intentional contact with an umpire.

The AFL will appeal the tribunal decisions against Carlton brothers Ed (left) and Charlie Curnow . More. The AFL had been at pains to underline the message that touching an umpire is unacceptable before the tribunal let Carlton ' s Curnow boys off with a fine.

The AFL has lodged appeals against the tribunal ’s decision to clear Carlton brothers Ed and Charlie Curnow of making intentional contact Charlie touched umpire Matt Stevic and Ed umpire Nathan Williamson during Carlton ’ s drought-breaking win over Essendon at the MCG on Sunday.

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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