AFL ruling on Fevola tanking claim


Brendan Fevola in his Carlton days.

THE AFL has cleared Brendan Fevola over claims he hoped Carlton lost games in 2006.

Fevola revealed on Saturday he wanted Carlton to finish low enough to draft Bryce Gibbs in 2006, when the Blues took the star midfielder with the No.1 pick.

“I woke up in the morning and said to my wife, Alex, ‘I hope we don’t win another game for the rest of the year because this kid is that good’,” Fevola said on Triple M.

When asked about the issue today, an AFL spokesman told the Herald Sun the league would not follow up the comments with Fevola.

The Carlton great yesterday said the comments were a non-issue.

A young Bryce Gibbs with Brendan Fevola in 2008.Source:News Limited

The retired spearhead won the 2006 Coleman Medal with 84 goals as the Blues finished last with only three wins for the season.

Fevola said he was thrilled to land Gibbs that year after watching him dominate a senior SANFL game.

“We were on the bottom anyway but I thought this kid — he is going to be a 200-game player, which he is now,” Fevola said.

“We picked him, because we finished last, hmm, funny that.”

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