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

13:56  17 may  2018
13:56  17 may  2018 Source:   msn.com

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.

Charlie Curnow (L) and brother Ed Curnow of the Carlton Blues leave after their AFL Tribunal Hearing into intentional contact with an umpire at AFL House on May 15, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia.

Age or size never deterred Charlie Curnow , the youngest of five siblings. He was in the thick of every contest, despite brother Ed ’s will to win. The early diagnosis on the kneecap was that Curnow couldn’t play again in 2015. But after consulting surgeon Julian Feller, he returned for Geelong

  Ed Curnow suspended after AFL appeal upheld, brother Charlie free to play © Getty Images 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.

The AFL appealed the decision by the tribunal to clear the Curnows of making intentional contact at an appeals hearing on Thursday afternoon.

Ed Curnow had 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.

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

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

Charlie Curnow (L) and brother Ed Curnow of the Carlton Blues leave after their AFL Tribunal Hearing into intentional contact with an umpire at AFL House on May 15, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia.

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 Curnow finished with 24 touches and two goals in the 13-point win, his brother Charlie pitching in with three majors.

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

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.

More to come.

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