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...''