Carlton announced he was contesting a suspension offered to a star defender after an AFL ruling that showed no one knew what was going on.
Carlton is contesting a one-week ban handed to Lewis Young for his controversial bump in the Blues’ win over North Melbourne on Saturday.
Demons legend Garry Lyon on Monday morning called the AFL match review officer’s decision to charge Young “odd”.
The accusation of “reckless contact with the body but with high force” further clouded the question of whether the bump was indeed banned.
The Blues quickly announced on Monday that the club would challenge the suspension.
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Young’s blow to Cameron Zurhaar was a frontal blow that briefly forced Zurhaar back off the ground after the force of the contact hit him on the back.
“The bump is pretty much gone,” Lyon told SEN Breakfast.
“I’m a subscriber to say the bump isn’t (gone), but if we penalize guys for shoving too hard…it’s weird.”
Former Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley called Young’s act a “solid bump”.
“Hopefully Carlton will challenge the youngster in particular,” Buckley said.
“I hope they challenge the youngster because I don’t know how you can say that contact was high.
“It hit him, and it was a solid bump, and I don’t know what his (de Young’s) other options were other than not contesting – and not contesting is not an option.”
The divisive act sparked a flood of commentary about the hump’s position in the sport.
North Melbourne has its own suspension issues to worry about after Young took a frightening crash following a seemingly deliberate act of tunneling by Nick Larkey.
While trying to score the ball hard, Young hit the Marvel Stadium turf hard almost horizontally.
Larkey’s tunneling act eventually sparked a heated melee where he emerged with his ripped sweater.
“It reaches boiling point very quickly,” said Fox Footy commentator Anthony Hudson.
“These are scenes we don’t see often these days.”
“It just fell apart here for the Kangaroos. They lost the plot,” Healy told Fox Footy.
Larkey was offered a one-game ban for the horrific incident.
Originally published as ‘Strange’: AFL announce verdict on mogul storm no one seems to understand