"There is a lot of speculation around ... you’re inevitably going to get a lot of inaccuracy" ... Adelaide chief executive Steven Trigg. Photo: Getty Images
A SECOND Adelaide player has become embroiled in the club's salary cap scandal, with the Crows under investigation for third-party payments made to captain Nathan van Berlo outside the salary cap.
Already facing major sanctions over third-party arrangements made for Kurt Tippett, Adelaide might face further penalties over a deal set up for van Berlo that could breach the AFL's total player payment rules.
The club, which confessed to its secret arrangements with Tippett late in last month's trade period, has insisted that those alleged breaches were an exception to its ''exemplary'' compliance with AFL rules.
Fairfax Media can also reveal that four companies were involved with the third-party payments brokered for Tippett in an effort to convince him to remain in Adelaide.
McMahon Services, a South Australian resources company, paid the full-forward $20,000 to 30,000 a year for two years, while club sponsor Amcor was also approached regarding a third-party deal for the 25-year-old.
Balfours Bakery diverted $30,000 from a club sponsorship to Tippett at the written request of the Crows. Another unknown company is also caught in the scandal.
It is not yet known which company paid the extra money to van Berlo, who became Adelaide's captain last year, or how much he was offered.
The Crows were forced to delist young midfielder Nick Joyce on Thursday, pledging to redraft the draftee from last year at the ''earliest opportunity'' following a hearing before the AFL Commission on Monday.
Told by the AFL it could not delist Tippett before the hearing, Adelaide needed to clear an extra spot on its list so the club could make its compulsory three selections at next week's national draft. The Crows are bracing to be excluded from the first few rounds of the draft pending Monday's hearing, meaning Adelaide must hope no other club chooses Joyce before it has a chance to select him with a late pick.
Adelaide must answer three charges relating to the recontracting of Tippett. These include the alleged breach of the total player payment rules and draft manipulation.
In addition to sourcing third-party deals for Tippett, the Crows also promised in writing to trade the forward to the club of his choice when his contract ended this year.
Adelaide confessed to the secret arrangements late in the trade period, having failed to work a deal with Sydney - the club Tippett shocked the Crows by declaring he wished to join at the end of the season.
Crows chief executive Steven Trigg must answer three charges, former football manager John Reid must answer two, and football boss Phil Harper one charge.
Tippett, who could be deregistered for his part in the secret dealings and still hopes to join the Swans through the preseason draft, must answer two charges.
After promising in writing to trade Tippett cheaply to the club he wanted to join, Adelaide then forwarded a second letter to the Queenslander and his manager, Peter Blucher, removing details of the third-party arrangements as well as an instruction not to tell the AFL of the secret deal.
Fairfax Media revealed details of the agreement with Balfours on Wednesday, after the AFL had unearthed written correspondence from Harper to the South Australian bakery. The Balfours deal was lodged with the AFL. However, it is understood that the written agreement instructing Balfours to divert the $30,000 to Tippett was not.
Adelaide issued a statement on Monday saying the club ''notes that this matter is being investigated by the AFL as a direct result of our decision to report it and offer full assistance''. The statement also drew attention to the club's ''exemplary record'' and reputation of compliance with draft and payment rules.