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AFLPA: Tippett ban too harsh

Sportal December 1, 2012, 7:53 am
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The AFL Players Association believes Kurt Tippett's six-month suspension for his role in the Adelaide Crows' salary cap and draft tampering operation is too harsh.

Ian Prendergast, the AFLPA's general manager of player relations, said the Tippett's sanction will have a far greater impact on his career than those of club executives Steven Trigg and Phil Harper, who were given similar bans for their roles.

The Crows were found to have breached the AFL rules in relation to payments made outside Tippett's standard contract and illegally agreed to a deal to allow the player to move to the club of his choice at the end of 2012.

Prendergast acknowledged the AFL's need to punish the parties involved but felt the respective sanctions were disproportionate for player and executives.

"We note that Kurt Tippett has accepted the penalty handed down by the Commission, and that he has had the opportunity to have independent legal representation throughout this process," Prendergast said.

"We do however have some concerns at the severity of the penalty imposed on the player, given that he was taking advice from senior executives at the club and his advisors.

"Half a season out of a short playing career has a much more serious impact than six months out of a much longer career in administration or management."

With the rulings handed down, Prendergast said the Agent Accreditation Board would now take due diligence and investigate the involvement of the player's agent, Peter Blucher, to find whether or not his actions were in breach of the Regulations Governing Accredited Agents.

"The AFLPA Agent Accreditation Board now has the responsibility to investigate the role of the agent involved," Prendergast said.

"The Agent Accreditation Board will aim to deal with the matter in a timely manner, whilst following due process and providing the agent natural justice."

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  1. jeff12:13pm Saturday 01st December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Comment for Allen - do you want a national competition that is fair and equitable across the years - if so you should actively support a draft system - if no then you will need to be satisfied with a competition dominted by the likes of Collingwood, Essendon, Adelaide and West Coast. Do you want an even competition? Or do you want a competition such as in the Premier League dominated by Man. U?

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  2. Col12:08pm Sunday 02nd December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    "Underarm_bowler" you seem to conveniently forget that "interstate" and "Victorian" clubs no longer exist in this comp. The AFL is a "national' comp.... I say again a "national comp", if you want to play with each other in Victoria it just underscores what the rest of the nation says about you, that is that you have been playing with each other for so long now .... you have gone blind!!!

  3. Jeholo05:45pm Saturday 01st December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    now what will be the penalty for teams tanking ?? ...... we will see if it is really the AFL or just a rebadged VFL!

  4. Col the Hun11:30pm Saturday 01st December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Underarm bowler you are a typical mexican #$%$All the TV coverage now being offered is because of a national football Comp.Those present surviving Vic sides would be all that could put on a game with three more to fold in the next few years.The only reason they have so many teams at the moment is because of multi dollar deals signed because of the interstate teams.Personally I think the comp would be far better off if we included Tassie and the NT and pissed off all the mongrel Vic sides. At least it would mean that ALL interstate teams would get a fair deal from the umps for a change

  5. Phil06:14pm Saturday 01st December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    It takes two to tango - tippett was in for everything he could get and still wants more.You are not naieve when you have player agents and high powered QC and the old man to look at your contracts. Every club has done similiar deals to keep their better players - the crows just "fessed" up where other teams with less morals hide their extras. They broke a rule not a law. What do you have to do in society to loose your job ( for 6 mths at a minimum ) get fined $50K and your company gets a fine of $300K????

  6. Jeholo05:47pm Saturday 01st December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    now what will be the penalty for teams tanking ?? ...... we will see if it is really the AFL or just a rebadged VFL!

  7. Barry Ashton12:32am Sunday 02nd December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    if the alelaide crows have breached their salary cap then they should expect the the same penalties that the AFL impossed on carlton when they breached there's,endosments off the field should not be part of their contract with their club,just sounds like the AFL is trying to play BIG BROTHER.

  8. underarm_bowler09:16pm Saturday 01st December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Another lenient penalty for an interstate tam again. It's the AFL looking after the interstate clubs at the demise of the vic clubs. It's never to late together rid of this national nonsense, give them their money back and go back to the 12 vic teams playing 6 games on Saturday and at suburban grounds

  9. Grant07:22am Tuesday 04th December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Commit the crime, do the time!

  10. andrew08:53am Sunday 02nd December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    jeholo its allways just been a rebadged vfl league lol but its so funny when the vic sides cant win the flag lol.Where is tassie and nt so much for the afl makeing promises it cant keep,because of the other 12 vic sides time to start getting rid of some 2 teams to each state to start with,so we need 4 more vic teams to go yet,2 for tassie and 2 for nt.The vics are to scared the northern terretory will kick there asses.