It’s mixed news for the Curnow brothers at the AFL’s appeal board hearing – nothing has changed for Charlie, while Ed has been offered a one match suspension in addition to his fine.
AFL legal council Jeff Gleeson QC said the midfielders incident was at the lower end of intentional contact but wasn’t an act of aggression meaning a minimum one match suspension was offered.
Ed Curnow will now miss Sunday’s clash with Melbourne following the AFL’s intervention.
Both the Curnows were referred straight to the tribunal for making contact with umpires during last week’s match against Essendon.
They successfully argued that contact was careless rather than intentional and in doing so they avoided suspensions and instead received $1000 fines each.
The decisions drew wide spread criticism particularly due to Geelong forward Tom Hawkins receiving a one week ban for a similar incident.
It also comes after Gold Coast co-captain Steven May escaped a suspension for touching an umpire during last week’s game against Melbourne.
Football operations boss Steve Hocking described the tribunal’s sanctions as “manifestly inadequate.”
Geelong star Patrick Dangerfield also vented his frustrating on SEN’s Time On last night, labelling the Match Review Panel’s decision as “farcical” and highlighted their lack of consistency.
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