More charges over Tippett

The AFL has laid three further charges against the Adelaide Crows and its employees over the Kurt Tippett contract affair.

The club, its CEO Stephen Trigg, and its football operations manager Phil Harper now face charges under AFL rule 17.

In a statement released on Wednesday morning, AFL football operations manager Adrian Anderson said: "Contrary to Rule 17 of the Rules, between September 2009 and October 2012, you (Crows, Trigg and Harper) engaged in conduct in breach of the Total Player Payments provisions in the Rules.

Again, in accordance with Rule 17, the Adelaide Crows FC, Mr Trigg and Mr Harper were each advised today in writing of the charges. These further charges will also be heard before the full AFL Commission next Monday, November 19, at 1pm at AFL House."

The Crows and Trigg now face three charges, while former Crows football manager John Reid and Tippett, who has quit the club but intends to nominate for the pre-season draft, face two charges. Harper faces one charge.

This morning, Tippett’s lawyer David Galbally contested the notion that his client would be deregistered as a result of the saga.

"The AFL Commission have got a whole range of things they can do and play out. It depends on what happens on Monday," Galbally told SEN.

He said that Queensland-born, ex-basketballer Tippett may take legal action if deregistered.

"Anything is possible in relation to this," he said.

"Of course it's a possibility, but there's a whole range of things that are a possibility that could play out in relation to this.

"At the moment what we're faced with is a hearing before the Commission that takes place on Monday.

"As a consequence of that Commission, something will be decided. What's decided will then determine what the next steps are."

AFL National talent Manager Kevin Sheahan told SEN radio this morning that despite not having an AFL background, Tippett should have had a "reasonable handle" on his contractual obligations. He said players that come through the AIS elite coaching programs were "closely educated" about such responsibilities.


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