Adelaide are free to take part in the 2012 National Draft following the postponement of an AFL commission hearing into the Kurt Tippett saga.

The Crows were expected to be hit with severe sanctions, including the loss of draft picks, at Monday's commission over allegations of salary cap breaches and draft tampering.

But the hearing has been adjourned after the club and football manager Phil Harper requested more time to prepare their submissions.

The Crows face three charges, while Harper, Tippett, chief executive Steven Trigg and former football manager John Reid will also appear before the commission.

"The Adelaide Crows and Mr Harper, as well as Steven Trigg and John Reid will each now be represented separately," the AFL said in a statement.

"Mr Harper, Mr Trigg and Mr Reid have only been able to instruct their new lawyers late in this week.

"The AFL has today advised the club and Mr Harper, as well as Mr Trigg, Mr Reid and Kurt Tippett, that the commission will provide the requested extra time, and that the hearing will not proceed on Monday as previously scheduled, to ensure that natural justice is provided.

"A new hearing date is yet to be set, but will be advised to all parties, the media and the wider football public as soon as it is determined.

"The 2012 NAB AFL Draft will proceed as scheduled next week."

Adelaide will now enter Thursday's national draft on the Gold Coast without any restrictions.

The Crows have picks 20, 54, 64 and 83 in the draft and have already declared their intention to redraft utility Nick Joyce, who was delisted on Thursday to make the league's mandatory three list changes in the wake of the Tippett fiasco.

The hearing is expected to be rescheduled for December and could affect Adelaide's participation in the pre-season and rookie drafts as well as the 2013 National Draft and beyond.

Sportal

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