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SANFL remains confident in Adelaide Crows

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The owners of the Adelaide Football Club remain confident in the club's board as the AFL finalises its investigation into the Kurt Tippett controversy.

The South Australian National Football League (SANFL) owns Adelaide's AFL licence and has been briefed on the AFL investigation into the possible salary cap and draft tampering by the Crows.

Adelaide and its former key forward Tippett face sanctions from the AFL for deals kept secret from the league for three years.

The Crows risk violating their sub-licence with the SANFL, which says they lose their right to represent the SANFL in the national competition if the club breaks AFL rules.

SANFL president John Olsen says he's ''reserving judgement'' on the Crows until the AFL delivers its investigation findings, possibly by the end of this week.

''We have been kept abreast of the circumstances and the investigation,'' Olsen said on Wednesday.

''But I simply say that until the investigation is complete, we should reserve judgement.

''We can make a decision or judgement once we know what the full facts are.''

The SANFL still held faith in the Crows' board, he said.

''The Adelaide Football Club and the board of the Adelaide Football Club have the responsibility for the carriage of the day-to-day activities of the Adelaide Football Club,'' said Olsen, a former SA premier.

''And I have confidence in [Crows chairman] Rob Chapman and the board that they will act professionally and appropriately.''

The Crows have confessed to the AFL they had a deal with Tippett outside of the player's contract ratified by the league.

The deal, struck in 2009 when Tippett re-signed with the Crows for three years, was understood to include an agreement to trade the forward to the club of his choice in return for a second-round draft pick - compensation well below his market value.

The deal was also believed to include a payment to Tippett of up to $200,000 when the contract expired.

Tippett walked out on the Crows at season's end and requested a trade to Sydney. But the clubs failed to agree to a transfer during the AFL's three-week trade period, coinciding with the under-the-table deal being revealed.

AAP

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