SANFL backs the Crows

Written By Unknown on Kamis, 08 November 2012 | 14.43

The SANFL has backed Adelaide over the Kurt Tippett furore. Source: Herald Sun

THE SANFL has thrown its full support behind the embattled Adelaide Football Club over the Kurt Tippett furore, saying "everyone mucks up in their lifetime''.

League heavyweight Leigh Whicker is standing firmly behind the Crows, saying they deserve "big-time credit points'' for what they have delivered for SA football.

As the AFL investigates the Crows for salary cap rorting, Whicker said the SANFL was highly unlikely to impose any penalties on the club or its officials, including its chief executive, Steven Trigg, who has been under fire.

"Obviously it's very disappointing that the Adelaide Football Club has found itself in the position that it has, that it's under the spotlight nationally,'' Whicker said.

"Having spoken to Andrew Demetriou (AFL chief executive) last Friday, he's disappointed in what's happened.

"But I think we've got to wait until the final report has been delivered. And then we'll take the medicine, whatever that might be, and saddle up for 2013.''

The AFL is continuing its investigations into Tippett's questionable 2009 contract, which could result in Adelaide being hit with a big fine and stripped of key draft picks at the national draft on November 22.

Tippett, who still wants to join premier Sydney, also is in limbo. Denied a trade to the Swans, he could be de-registered by the AFL.

Yesterday an AFL spokesman told The Advertiser no time-line had been set for the league to complete its investigation, leaving Adelaide and Tippett in limbo.

"So, at the moment, Adelaide's position with its draft picks is unchanged, unless we advise otherwise,'' the spokesman said.

Tippett, who kicked 188 goals in 104 appearances for the Crows, has to delist himself before the national draft to be eligible to be selected by another club.

The league is expected to make its decision before November 22 so all parties know where they stand.

"The Adelaide Football Club has performed extraordinarily well over a 20-year period,'' Whicker said.

"It has delivered South Australia a powerful sporting culture, two premierships and a very strong financial return to football.

"Everyone makes a mistake or two in their lives, so our football commission will support the Adelaide Football Club through this, we owe it to them.

"The club has been totally transparent, it has worked hard with the SANFL over the journey, it has had an amazing administration and chairmen from Bob Hammond's day to Bill Sanders and right through to the current administration.

"Everyone mucks up in their lifetime, I'm sure of that, so we are saying let the AFL Commission make its decision and then we'll deal with whatever happens at that time.''

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