Brett Ratten and Chris Judd
Brett Ratten and Chris Judd

Carlton coach Brett Ratten has launched an impassioned defence of Chris Judd, claiming the Blues captain is judged against higher standards than other AFL players.

Judd received a four-match suspension for pulling on the arm of North Melbourne's Leigh Adams in Friday night's match, forcing the latter off the field with a shoulder injury.

But Ratten believes Carlton's skipper has copped more criticism than other players would have.

"I think he gets judged fairly hardly across the land and I suppose the role model status that he sets and the way he conducts himself, I think if he does anything out of turn, I think there's a bigger spotlight on him than most of the other players in the competition," Ratten said on Wednesday.

''More to follow...''


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