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Tippett legal demand to be set free

Kurt Tippett wants to be delisted from the Crows.

Kurt Tippett wants to be delisted from the Crows. Photo: Paul Rovere

THE latest legal shot in what has become something of an off-season battlefield for the AFL over the past month came from Kurt Tippett late on Monday when he pushed to be immediately delisted by Adelaide to become a free agent.

The request came from Tippett's lawyer David Galbally, QC, and was sent to the AFL. The view from head office was that Tippett would stay an unhappy Crow at least until Friday, November 30, which is when Adelaide and its various officials and their thicket of lawyers front the AFL Commission.

In the meantime, the AFL's football boss Adrian Anderson spoke publicly and at length for the first time about his decision to ban Chris Judd's new employment agreement with Visy. That decision, too, has taken on a legal life of its own, with Judd's manager Paul Connors and the AFL Players Association looking to fight the decision at the AFL Grievance Tribunal.

Anderson insisted to Fairfax Media that the timing of the Tippett scandal had nothing to do with the termination of the Judd-Visy agreement – an agreement in which the Carlton captain has been paid about $200,000 a year outside the salary cap for the past four years.

Anderson's case has not been helped by the fact that Carlton's sworn enemy, Collingwood president Eddie McGuire, has continued to compare Adelaide's alleged rule breaches in setting up third-party deals for Tippett with the Judd arrangement.

There has been no suggestion that Carlton wrote to Visy to set up the deal. The Blues had the original agreement approved by the league's investigation boss Ken Wood, but four years later the rules changed.

It has been reported that the AFL had the new Judd proposal on the table for months when, in fact, the drafted agreement has been rewritten several times and was only submitted in its final version with the timing of the deal changed to two years on October 1.

Judd's previous deal expired on June 30, 2012. Anderson officially knocked back the new agreement on October 22 – three days after Adelaide chairman Rob Chapman and his perilously placed CEO Steven Trigg came forward with the damning written evidence of a hidden deal with Tippett dating back three years.

"They've got nothing to do with each other," Anderson told Fairfax Media.

The AFL has also claimed that Carlton has an extra $250,000 in its additional services allowance next year and that it would do all it could to help the Blues deal with the new burden of Judd's Visy money.

Still, the AFLPA believes Judd has a genuine grievance. "I'm confident Chris has a strong case to present to the grievance tribunal," said players boss Matt Finnis on Monday night.

The Adelaide hearing was rescheduled after Trigg and his football lieutenant Phil Harper engaged independent legal representation on Friday when it became apparent the Crows board could not fully support either man.

The AFL appeared unsympathetic to Tippett's attempt to extract himself from Adelaide given that he would then be allowed to adhere to a transfer to another club under an agreement which breached the rules in the first place. There is no guarantee that Tippett's legal fight will end there, given that his only remaining option as it stands is to place himself in the pre-season draft in December.

In the meantime, the AFL Commission ended day one of a two-day strategy meeting in which Adelaide barely rated a mention.

The commission was told that the Melbourne investigation was ongoing and that no definite completion date had been set.

That, too, looms as a legal battlefield with Melbourne threatening to challenge the AFL in the highest court in the land should it find itself heavily sanctioned for deliberately losing games.

But, as it stands, both Melbourne and Adelaide will head to the Gold Coast to take its picks in the 2012 national draft before the battlelines are redrawn.

Suddenly, the thrilling Sydney-Hawthorn grand final seems but a nostalgic memory and the simplicity of the home-and-away season a romantic dream.

43 comments so far

  • Why is this even being written about..

    It's not football season .

    Please stop it... Go and play with a ball somewhere else....

    And who cares who gets paid ..

    It's a little game not a career or a business

    Commenter
    Sven
    Location
    Toorak
    Date and time
    November 20, 2012, 8:04AM
    • I enjoyed the article. Why don't you go away.

      Commenter
      James
      Location
      Melbourne
      Date and time
      November 20, 2012, 8:32AM
    • Sven - if that is what you think, why bother reading it or commenting? I don't care about the entertainment section, so don't read it or comment on storys in it. Sounds like you need to get a life.

      Commenter
      Hack
      Location
      Canberra
      Date and time
      November 20, 2012, 8:36AM
    • I'm glad an established soccer zealot agrees it's not football season.

      Commenter
      Peter
      Date and time
      November 20, 2012, 8:42AM
    • Melbourne is all about footy, Sven! Go get a life you twit!

      Commenter
      cmac33
      Location
      Melb
      Date and time
      November 20, 2012, 9:10AM
    • Must be a Carlton, Essendon or Richmond supporter,
      or maybe any other team except Sydney Swans.
      I am happy to keep reading about football all summer...
      Best team on and off the field by a mile.....

      Commenter
      dave
      Location
      Mckinnon
      Date and time
      November 20, 2012, 9:33AM
    • Ladies and Gents, this is what you call "trolling". Don't feed it. It just gets bigger.

      Commenter
      Daniel
      Location
      Melbourne
      Date and time
      November 20, 2012, 9:35AM
    • Actually Sven, AFL IS a big business with 1000's of people in and around the clubs pursuing careers as a result.

      Not a very well thought out comment was it champ?

      Commenter
      Alex
      Location
      Geelong
      Date and time
      November 20, 2012, 9:55AM
    • Sven,

      You are so wrong on may points.

      I WILL ANSWER THE QUESTIONS YOU ASKED.

      Q) Why is this even being written about..

      A) because we live in a capitalist market driven country, ruled by the economics of supply and demand. People love football, and will buy the paper, when it is written about. That in turn wil drive other advertising revenue, which in turn pays the wage of the journalist.

      Sweden is a socialist country, ruled by the cold weather, a small population with too much oil money. (but beautiful women, I grant you)

      Q) It's not football season .
      A) It is ALWAYS football season.

      Q) Please stop it... Go and play with a ball somewhere else....
      A) you stop, and go play with your balls somewhere else....and technically, yours was not a question, but a statement.

      Q) And who cares who gets paid ..
      A) Most australians. If soccer had the same global rules, you would get a more even competition in every country. Sadly, you have 3 or 4 rich clubs in each country, whom will rotate the winning premiership each year. All because there is no salary cap. This is just another reason football is better than soccer.

      Q) It's a little game not a career or a business
      A) it is a business, a big business. Nearly 1 billion AU dollars per year. Sven, that is over $SEK 7,000,000,000 (Swedish Krona)

      and lastly,

      Sven you have come to Australia, and settled in Toorak. You must learn to love football. It is the sun. The light. The path to happiness. And the last place on earth you can eat a meat pie and a beer with your mates.

      Sven, it better than watching tennis.

      Commenter
      Kam i Am
      Location
      work
      Date and time
      November 20, 2012, 10:29AM
    • Well said Sven

      It's football season is it Kam I am? Nope, sorry, that stopped on 30 September and won't be back up until late March. For a 6 month period, there is not a single game of this insignifcant little sport being played anywhere on the planet at anything approaching professional level.

      Hence why the AFL dream up these weak off season publicity stunts for the well trained seals of the Victorian media to dribble on with.

      Commenter
      Cynical
      Location
      City
      Date and time
      November 20, 2012, 10:52AM

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