Blues boss Patrick Cripps’ two-match ban has sparked debate from around the football world as he was handed a marathon four-and-a-half-hour hearing at the AFL Appeals Board on Thursday night.
In the final bid, Carlton’s legal representative, Christopher Townshend QC, did not dispute the Cripps riot, but the way it was reviewed at the original tribunal, the appeal board ruled that there was essentially no procedural fairness. Reject the first block call.
The key to the appeals board’s decision was a “failure to afford procedural fairness” to the tribunal’s “error of law”, and the appeals board did not see how the tribunal reached its conclusion in Cripps’ actions. in the protest cry”.
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Cripps’ thrashing of Callum Ah Chee last Sunday left the Lions and was initially selected for reckless behaviour, high impact and high contact.
The question of whether Cripps actually “obstructed” Ah Chin was not questioned by him or his counsel, but was used as part of the verdict by the tribunal, originally by AFLW Melbourne marshal Daisy Pearce.
“I don’t think it was a coincidence. I don’t think he chose to hit,” Pearce said on SEN ahead of Thursday night’s appeal board hearing.
“I think he’s entered the race and I’ve seen when Ah Che is running the race, his left arm goes out and the right arm never does because of the contact.
“I still think it’s a coincidence, he knew he was going to face it, but what we ask players to do is not to be committed to winning that ball.
“It was only after he committed that he realized he was going to be late. All such small margins and such a fraction of a second in real time.
“I can see why we’re trying to change it but I think we’re changing the way football looks and the game by asking the players not to commit to that ball. Maybe that’s what we’re all being asked to accept.”
I still look at that race and I still think it was a foot race with an unsuccessful outcome.
Cripps has been cleared to play in the final two home-and-away games against Melbourne and Collingwood.
AFL greats David King and Ken Cornes were both impressed by the decision, with the former saying on SEN that the game had “never been more lost” in head contact confusion.
Others responded to the verdict on social media, with many calling for the ban to be overturned.