Carlton’s first win of the season has been soured by a controversial incident involving Ed Curnow and an umpire.
Curnow could be set for a stint on the sidelines after appearing to push umpire Nathan Williamson in Carlton’s win over Essendon on Saturday.
The Curnow brothers powered the Blues to the drought-breaking win, denying Essendon by 13 points in a gritty thriller.
However the ugly incident involving Ed Curnow looks set to put a dampener on celebrations.
Curnow looked to have made intentional contact with the umpire after giving away a free kick in the third quarter.
Curnow put his hand on Williamson’s chest and appeared to push him away slightly.
Geelong star Tom Hawkins was involved in a similar incident last week, copping a one-week suspension for pushing an umpire’s hand away from him.
The Blues claimed their first win at the MCG in over a year after emerging victorious 14.7 (91) to 10.18 (78).
There were nine lead changes on a wintry Melbourne afternoon, with neither side able to kick clear in an engrossing – if not high quality – affair.
At the last, the young Blues side stood up, led by Charlie and Ed Curnow.
Charlie took four thumping marks inside 50 and kicked two goals in the third term to arrest Essendon’s momentum, while Ed powered the Blues at ground level all afternoon with 13 tackles.