Carlton’s Curnow brothers cleared of intentional contact with umpire
Carlton’s Charlie Curnow and brother Ed Curnow are free to play next week after a hearing at the AFL tribunal in Melbourne.
Both brothers were found not guilty of intentional contact with an umpire but guilty of the lesser charge of making careless contact.
Both were fined $1,000 each but will be available to play against Melbourne on Sunday.
Ed Curnow placed an open hand on umpire Nathan Williamson during Carlton’s match against Essendon on Saturday, in what appeared to be a dismissive gesture as Williamson was talking to the midfielder.
Charlie Curnow, one of the competition’s rising stars, touched Matt Stevic and pushed him away from a scuffle that broke out between a group of players.
The pair were referred directly to the tribunal.
Both Curnows were standouts in Carlton’s win over Essendon at the MCG — the club’s first win of the season — and they will be sorely missed in this Sunday’s match against Melbourne.
Gold Coast co-captain Steven May was fined $1,000 for making contact with an umpire over the weekend, successfully arguing it was careless rather than intentional.
May was trying to argue his case after David Harris awarded a free kick against the defender, and touched the umpire as he tried to demonstrate what he had done.
The action by all three players was seen as strange by some, given that just last week Geelong forward Tom Hawkins was banned for one match for making intentional contact with an umpire.
Hawkins said he accepted the tribunal’s decision as it needed to send a message to players at all levels that touching an umpire was unacceptable.