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AFL investigators seize Adelaide Football Club records

Yahoo!7 & AAP October 26, 2012, 11:48 am

Investigators from the AFL have reportedly arrived at the Adelaide Crows’ West Lakes offices to examine records from the club.

They are looking into the extent of the payments made outside the salary cap to Kurt Tippett.

According to News Limited, the accountants arrived at the club this morning and ar e looking into material between relating to a secret side deal allegedly written for Tippett when he signed a three-year contract extension.

If AFL investigations officer Ken Wood finds there was wrongdoing when Adelaide re-signed Tippett in 2009, the

ramifications are massive for the club, player and his management.

Adelaide officials had repeatedly denied the existence of a special clause in Tippett's contract, struck when he re-signed in 2009.

That contract made him the Crows' highest-paid player.

But it has now emerged there was an arrangement, outside the contract, where the Crows would allegedly trade Tippett to a club of his choice for a second-round draft pick.

That arrangement is at the centre of the league's investigation into draft tampering.

It is understood the league have confirmed to Adelaide that they can still present a trade option for Tippett, regardless of the investigation.

But it is also unclear whether the league would approve any trade.

The AFL trade period ends at 2pm on Friday, with the ongoing investigation giving rival clubs even more pause to negotiate with the Crows over Tippett.

There is no timeframe for Wood to complete his investigation.

The Tippett saga has mutated from a massive headache to a potentially devastating blow for the Crows.

There had been speculation for months about the key forward's future once his contract with Adelaide expired at the end of this season.

There is little doubt the league will come down hard on Adelaide, especially if the Crows are found guilty of breaking strict salary cap rules.

Adelaide would most likely suffer a fine and the loss of draft picks and they have said they will accept the AFL's verdict.

There is growing speculation about the future of chief executive Steven Trigg should the league decide to punish the Crows.

Tippett and his manager Peter Blucher could also be penalised for their parts in any rules breach.

Last week, Adelaide failed to reach a trade deal with Sydney involving Tippett.

Originally, the speculation was that if the Queensland-born player left the Crows, he would return to his home state and play for Brisbane or Gold Coast.

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  1. Tim Sainter07:25pm Saturday 27th October 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    UB....20,000 english a year coming here to Australia!!!.....Thank god,their all not like steven! Him and i should have a cup of tea n scones together one day and have a little chat to see what his problem is with Australia and what did you say to steven to rile him up on the rugby post UB?

  2. underarm_bowler06:58pm Saturday 27th October 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    yeah thats funny, pommy land is so great that he left and came here. even funnier he calls us pasty skinned. you only have to see the glare when the sun bounces of lily white poms at the cricket. its blinding. anyway he knows GB is no longer called great Brittan but more so washed up brittan

  3. Tim Sainter05:35pm Saturday 27th October 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    So stop posting your rubbish steven or it shall be i p address time and you know what that means...it's your choice.

  4. Tim Sainter05:29pm Saturday 27th October 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    I dont what your bet was underarm lol....but, you lost your money lmao! I feel so sorry for steven as i could not be friends with him...he would just ramble on and on about the same thing all the time,which would lead to the obvious outcome! Surely someone out there can help steven...you know the number lol!

  5. Tim Sainter05:18pm Saturday 27th October 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Underarm....The phone number is real and steven speaks just like he types he just rambles on and on about how superior england is how they beat us in this and that in sport....he thought i was you...lmao! He has a pommy accent and would not tell me where he lives..........he claims,he is in the uk.....I think he lives in Australia hence the mob ph No.....The moral of this story....."Steven lives here in Australia and is hanging shite on our country".....Deport him now! He wants to do me in.....but,he wont tell me where he lives....He is living in a deluded world....What a poor soul....best money i've spent recently...lmao!

  6. underarm_bowler04:22pm Saturday 27th October 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Ok everyone Steven in a reply to me in a rugby post claims his number is 0422 183 655. My bet its a false number but if anyone wants to try go for it. I have better ways to waste my time like putting on my. Sunglasses when the suns rays bounce of the lily white poms baking in the hot sun at the cricket. The glare is amazing.

  7. Tim Sainter11:59am Saturday 27th October 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Looking @ the photo of goddard (afl player transfers)....I never really noticed much before but, that photo of him makes him a great candidate for ju liar gillards love child!!!!

  8. Tim Sainter11:04am Saturday 27th October 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    The Tippet saga....least of our problems,a club should sign him up and put an end to this as the media are lapping this up something chronic!

  9. Tim Sainter10:43am Saturday 27th October 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    politics and religion....what a bad combination it is for society...but,need not worry as we are ready ; )

  10. Tim Sainter10:40am Saturday 27th October 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Yes udogs47,....There is bigger match to be played and I love a big game ; )