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AFL cracks down on Judd Visy deal

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Chris Judd’s management intends to challenge the AFL’s decision not to approve a new third party arrangement between the Carlton captain and club sponsor Visy.

The AFL announced this morning that any new deal involving Judd and the company could no longer be excluded from the Blues’ Additional Services Agreement (ASA) limit or Total Player Payments (TPP).

Exclusion of the deal, believed to be worth more than $250,000 a year, is set to put even more pressure on the Blues’ already tight salary cap.

The deal, which was payment for Judd’s services as ambassador for Visy, had played a crucial role in the superstar midfielder’s move to the club from West Coast in 2008, and had one more year to run as part of the original six-year contract.

But the AFL’s general manager of football operations Adrian Anderson said the payments would no longer be permitted outside the salary cap following a revision of the rules regarding third-party deals last month.

‘‘A previous arrangement between Chris Judd and Visy had been approved by the AFL as an employment agreement in 2008,’’ Anderson said in a statement.

‘‘Since that time and with the advent of free agency, the AFL has tightened the criteria for the approval of such third party arrangements.

‘‘The consequence of this decision means that any future payments made under arrangements between Chris Judd and Visy need to be included in Carlton’s ASA limit or TPP.’’

Judd’s manager Paul Connors said he planned to argue the position of his client.

‘‘There’s rules and regulations. The AFL is obviously an extremely powerful organisation and they can have their say, but there’s also due process and you’re allowed to argue the case,’’ Connors told SEN radio.

‘‘There’s always room to wriggle and we disagree with their initial findings.

‘‘I’m not sure what has changed (since it was approved).’’

Anderson said the AFL would continue to scrutinise related-party deals for players across the game.

The AFL’s crackdown comes during its investigation of former Adelaide forward Kurt Tippett’s alleged third party agreements.

It was reported that McMahon Services and Balfours Bakery paid the full forward a combined total of up to $60,000 to entice him to remain in Adelaide when his last contract was being negotiated.

AAP

105 comments so far

  • The AFL had better look at all players and not just Judd. He has copped the attention because of his profile. Back in 2008 it was reported that over 100 players had, and let it be noted, AFL approved deals of this nature. Some balance please.

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    JohnnyC
    Date and time
    November 16, 2012, 8:10AM
    • yeh, he has got the attention "due to his profile".... oh and also it might just be the contract where he accepts a massive chunk of money from a company closely associated with the club ... and that they expect us to believe it has nothing to do with his tenure as a player and is not included in the salary cap. Yeah, its his profile ..... and maybe that other issue. Do you reckon?

      Commenter
      mick
      Date and time
      November 16, 2012, 8:37AM
    • There will never be balance...

      Just like poor Lance - he's the highest profile case, so they go after him and hope it acts as a deterrent for others.

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      Alex
      Location
      Geelong
      Date and time
      November 16, 2012, 8:40AM
    • Bull, he copped attention because it was blatant cheating (in spirit). No other third party deal is remotely as large as Judd's.

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      Rick
      Date and time
      November 16, 2012, 8:44AM
    • Balance? Get a grip. As I understand it there's something like 80-90 players receiving 3rd party payments totalling $1m. Balance would suggest that 1 of the 90 players should not be getting 25% of that amount. This deal should never have been approved in the first place. It was a joke and still is. Finally some balance.

      Commenter
      Tubby
      Date and time
      November 16, 2012, 9:03AM
    • No, he's been allowed to get away with it for so long because of his high profile. The deal was allowed to continue on after the AFL made a ruling against similar deals for other clubs and their players.

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      blu
      Location
      Geelong
      Date and time
      November 16, 2012, 9:04AM
    • Good call Rick. So someone steals a million, throw the book at them and put them in jail? Someone steals half a million? Well that's not as big so don't charge them and let them off with a warning. You wouldn't work in the courts, would you?

      Commenter
      Ray
      Location
      Sunshine
      Date and time
      November 16, 2012, 9:18AM
    • Lower profile players probably wouldn't be able to market such a deal About time this arrangement was canned. Only problem is it is too late.

      Commenter
      RLJ
      Date and time
      November 16, 2012, 1:31PM
    • Gotta love all the Carlton people whinging about this. It never should have been approved in the first place. You're lukcy it lasted this long. The AFL has done the right thing in stopping it.

      Commenter
      Nick
      Location
      Perth
      Date and time
      November 16, 2012, 7:45PM
  • Another example of double standards allowed by the AFL for one club but not the others. The only difference between the Tippet deal and the Judd deal is that that the AFL allowed the Judd deal ..........for whatever reason to this day is still unknown. In the AFL .........one day blue murder is legal the next day it is not. The AFL is GUILTY of double standards and contributing to the Tippet (and unknown others) farce!

    Commenter
    Roy F
    Location
    Brunswick Street
    Date and time
    November 16, 2012, 8:12AM

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