Carlton will now have to include captain Chris Judd's third-party deal with Visy under the salary cap after the AFL announced they would scrap the controversial agreement.
The AFL has decided the third-party deal must be paid within Carlton's Addition Services Agreement (ASA) limit or Total Player Payments (TPP) next year.
Judd, who became a Visy ambassador as part of his six-year deal with Carlton under the guidance of former chief executive Dick Pratt in 2008, was set to earn a reported $250,000 outside of the salary cap until the end of next season.
But the AFL, who informed Carlton of the ruling on October 22, have scuppered the move.
"It is not appropriate to release my specific reasons for exercising my discretion in this case to refuse approval for the arrangements to be excluded from Carlton's salary cap apart from confirming that my decision is related to a tightening of the rules that apply in such cases," AFL general manager of operations Adrian Anderson said in a statement.
The decision comes in wake of the much-publicised investigation into claims Adelaide paid forward Kurt Tippett undisclosed player payments worth a reported $200,000.
Tippet, who is seeking a move away from the club, is facing suspension or possible deregistration, while the Crows could face the loss of draft picks.
As a result, the Crows and Tippett will face the AFL Commission next week.
Meanwhile, the management of Crows captain Nathan van Berlo have hit out at suggestions the 26-year-old had similar clauses included in his contract.