Carlton’s Ed Curnow has been suspended for one match following a successful AFL appeal against his tribunal verdict but his younger brother Charlie is free to play for the Blues this weekend.
Both Ed and Charlie were found not guilty of intentional contact with an umpire but guilty of the lesser charge of making careless contact at the tribunal on Tuesday night.
The AFL appealed the decision by the tribunal to clear the Curnows of making intentional contact at an appeals hearing on Thursday afternoon.
Ed Curnow had placed an open hand on umpire Nathan Williamson during Carlton’s match against Essendon on Saturday, in what appeared to be a dismissive gesture as Williamson was talking to the midfielder.
Charlie Curnow touched Matt Stevic and pushed him away from a scuffle that broke out between a group of players.
The AFL had appealed both sanctions on the grounds that no tribunal acting reasonably could have come to that decision given the evidence before it, and that the sanctions imposed were manifestly inadequate.
More to come.