Posted: 18 July, 2012
by Triple M Footy
Chris Judd And Jack Ziebell Both Suspended For 4 Weeks At AFL Tribunal
Chris Judd has finally been suspended for 4 weeks for his bizarre 'chicken wing' move on North Melbourne's Leigh Adams from last Friday night's clash.
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The Carlton Football Club will not be appealing Chris Judd's four game suspension.
The Carlton Football Club will not be appealing last night’s tribunal decision that will see Chris Judd miss 4 matches.
“We have discussed this matter with Chris and have decided not to appeal,” said General Manager Football Operations, Andrew McKay.
“While Chris and the Club are disappointed, we respect the process and do not believe there are any suitable grounds for an appeal. Chris has apologised for the incident and throughout the lengthy process has continued to display the outstanding qualities that make him a wonderful leader and an outstanding player of the Carlton Football Club.
“We look forward to everyone now focusing on our important match against the Western Bulldogs on Saturday night,” McKay added.
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North Melbourne have decided to accept the tribunal decision and released the following statement:
The North Melbourne Football Club will not be appealing the Jack Ziebell tribunal decision.
"We are obviously disappointed with the outcome, but unfortunately given the case and the circumstances, there are no grounds for us to appeal the decision," chief of football Donald McDonald said.
"It's now important that we support Jack and reiterate we are extremely proud of the way he plays. He's a proven ball player and we believe his only intention in this situation was to win the ball in the contest.
"For the club, our players and supporters, we now need to come together as a group and focus on our next challenge this weekend against Richmond."
AUDIO: Eddie McGuire and Luke Darcy discuss the suspensions.
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"I called the game live and saw the Ziebell incident and thought he wont have an issue here," Luke Darcy said on Triple M Melbourne's The Hot Breakfast this morning.
"I saw yesterday that he'd got three, now he's (Ziebell) got the extra one for trying to contest it, that is right out of whack."
"Look they're separate incidents, the Tribunal can't relate one to the other but on the surface that's the way we look at it and go how can Jack Ziebell get four weeks for that and in the same context the Judd penalty four?"
"Ziebell is absolutely hard done by, in fact it's really really poor that one," Luke said.
"They should have another go at that," replied Eddie.
Hear the full discussion above.
Chris Judd has been suspended for 4 weeks for his bizarre 'chicken wing' move on North Melbourne's Leigh Adams from last Friday night's clash. North's Jack Ziebell will also serve a 4-match ban after North Melbourne's appeal failed.
Both the Blues and the Roos are 'considering their options', with appeals not ruled out.
Judd's act has been compared with a move you'd see in a wrestling ring rather than on a footy oval.
In a marathon tribunal hearing on Tuesday night, Judd's defence team told the AFL Tribunal the Blues skipper accepted responsibility for 'a level of misconduct' (reckless, medium impact to the body), but refuted he deliberately manipulated Adams' arm.
Judd also denied he was unsportsmanlike or brought the game into disrepute.
However, after a hearing that lasted more than three hours, the AFL Tribunal - made up of former players - Emmett Dunne, Wayne The Moose' Henwood and Wayne Schimmelbusch - delivered the penalty most of the footy world had been speculating on for four days.
The reporting umpire, boundary umpire Mark Foster, told the Tribunal 'Judd moved Adams arm up; not out and then up (because of Andrew Carazzo's tackle) as Carlton suggested'.
In other tribunal news, Daniel Merrett successfully had his charge downgraded and has received a reprimand, rather than the 2-week ban the Match Review Panel offered him, for his hit on Nick Riewoldt.
North Melbourne's appeal against Ziebell's 3-game suspension for a high hit on Carlton's Aaron Joseph were rejected, despite pleas from the Roos he was only going for the ball. His penalty increased to 4 weeks as a result.
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VIDEO: Watch the Chris Judd 'chicken wing' incident
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VIDEO: Chris Judd speaks after the Tribunal hearing