AFL denies interference in Judd case
The AFL has strongly denied claims of interference in the process which hammered Carlton skipper Chris Judd with a lengthy suspension.
Judd's manager Paul Connors has slammed the tribunal's decision to ban the star for four matches for his now-infamous chicken-wing tackle.
Connors claims AFL interference in the matter, and is critical of pre-tribunal comments from match review panel chairman Mark Fraser about the incident.
But AFL football operations manager Adrian Anderson - name-checked by Connors on Melbourne radio on Wednesday - has denied any influence in the decisions by the match review panel and tribunal.
Anderson says he has demanded the transcript of what Connors said, signalling action could be taken against the player manager.
"That's nonsense ... that's absolutely incorrect and I'll be having a close look at exactly what he said, and I'll be assessing it from there," Anderson told the Fairfax Radio Network of allegations of interference.
"The allegation of interference is a very serious one, and a wrong one. I'm really concerned about those comments."
Despite Connors' outburst, Carlton decided on Wednesday not to appeal Judd's ban for lifting and twisting North Melbourne player Leigh Adams' arm, causing the Kangaroos player a shoulder injury.
"I just find it outrageous, the vitriol about Chris," Connors told Melbourne radio station SEN.
"You've got the head of the match review panel making comments about the case before it's even heard.
"I just can't remember that happening before, where Mark Fraser goes on afl.com talking about it.
"Then you've got the head of football Adrian Anderson - if he hasn't been speaking to Fraser and telling the world why this had to go direct to the tribunal, I'll go 'he'.
"It's just another case of AFL interference for mine."
Connors said he believed it had been impossible for Judd to get a fair hearing in the circumstances.
After meeting on Wednesday morning, Blues football manager Andrew McKay and chief executive Greg Swann decided not to take the matter to the AFL appeals board.
But Carlton coach Brett Ratten launched a strenuous defence of Judd's character and blamed "bad technique" for the look of the tackle.
"I've worked with Chris for five years ... and his character and what he does as a leader, he's in the best people I've seen play the game and the spirit that they play the game too," Ratten said.
"I can tell you Chris wasn't there to harm him (Adams).
"Anyway, he's been done, he's got four weeks. But if you talk about character and what people bring to the game, he's one of the finest I've seen.
"I can vouch for Chris every day of the week."