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Ed Curnow suspended after AFL appeal upheld, brother Charlie free to play

17 May 2018

On Wednesday night, Geelong superstar and AFL Players' Association president Patrick Dangerfield labelled the Tribunal's decision to clear Ed Curnow of intentional umpire contact "farcical" in the wake of Cats spearhead Tom Hawkins' one-match suspension on the same charge.

It was a bittersweet experience for Carlton at the AFL Appeals Board on Thursday after Ed Curnow was suspended for one match for his umpire contact charge while brother Charlie Curnow's fine remained his penalty for the same charge.

"So to come here is a little bit confusing".

The players did not appear at Thursday's appeal, where Carlton's head of football Andrew McKay took a swipe at the outcome and process - while still accepting the decisions. "We'll cop it on the chin and move on".

Charlie and Ed Curnow speak to media after their AFL Tribunal Hearing into intentional contact with an umpire
Charlie and Ed Curnow speak to media after their AFL Tribunal Hearing into intentional contact with an umpire

But in the case of Ed, the former Supreme Court justice said no tribunal should have reasonably found his contact to have been merely careless.

Four incidents have been brought directly to the AFL tribunal and all four found guilty.

In pushing for a one-match suspension for Ed Curnow, AFL legal counsel Jeff Gleeson QC said intentional umpire contact was "a very serious matter".

The AFL made the rare decision to appeal the $1000 fines handed down to the Curnows on Tuesday evening.

Ed Curnow suspended after AFL appeal upheld, brother Charlie free to play