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Rivals cry foul over Franklin deal

Buddy Franklin's move to the Swans draws ire over AFL salary cap concessions, with Mick Malthouse calling Sydney's $10 million bid a "bloody disgrace".

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Carlton's leaders have railed against Lance Franklin's impending move to Sydney, with coach Mick Malthouse urging all non-Sydney clubs to band together to fight the AFL Commission for allowing salary-cap concessions for Sydney and Greater Western Sydney.

We find ourselves more and more now in a position where we have to fight against an uneven competition 

President Stephen Kernahan apologised to guests at the club's best-and-fairest function on Tuesday night for being downbeat, suggesting that it was solely due to the shock news that 2012 premier Sydney was set to nab Hawks spearhead Franklin on a $10 million deal.

''If I seem a little bit flat tonight, maybe I'm not that happy - there's a few things that have happened today,'' Kernahan said. ''All this footy club has ever fought for, and me being the forefront of you members and representing you as a football club, has been [fairness] … all this footy club has ever wanted forever has been an equal playing field. That hasn't been happening for the past 12 months.''

Malthouse went even further in his address to guests. ''George Orwell many years ago … writing Animal Farm probably based it on the AFL, not Russia. In his wisdom he said, 'Things are equal, but some things are … more equal than others.' We find ourselves more and more now in a position where we have to fight against an uneven competition,'' he said.

Malthouse expressed his ire at the apparent $1.7 million salary-gap ''blowout'' between the lowest-paying clubs, such as Port Adelaide, and the highest-paying. He did not specifically mention Sydney but he, along with many other influential footballing figures, have registered their fury at the cost-of-living allowance given to the two Sydney clubs. He said the current situation was ''a bloody disgrace''.

''We hope that the board along with 16 other boards - Greater Western Sydney won't, because they're controlled by the AFL - will have some formal say in regards to whether the commission stays in power or is challenged because of this unequal position we find ourselves in,'' Malthouse said.