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Fevola's future unclear as Judd wins

28/09/2009 11:29:51 PM Comments (0)

Brendan Fevola's AFL future remains tenuous, with Carlton president Stephen Kernahan declaring: "anything could happen".

Kernahan said at Monday's club best and fairest awards night that the Blues would deal with the Fevola issue in the next few days.

Carlton granted Fevola permission not to attend the John Nicholls Medal function at Crown Casino, the same venue where Fevola disgraced himself a week ago.

Blues captain Chris Judd won the Nicholls Medal as their best and fairest player for the second-straight year.

"We all want Fev to be there next year, it's just getting over what happened the other night, it wasn't good," Kernahan said.

"We don't want that to be the focus of tonight, though.

"Anything is possible, we've got a decision to make, but it's not today."

Asked if Carlton could put Fevola up for trade, Kernahan replied: "anything could happen, I will let you know in a few days."

The fact that the two-time Coleman Medallist is no certainty to stay at Carlton, a week after his drunken misbehaviour at the Brownlow Medal count, suggests this time he might have gone too far.

But it would still be a massive decision for the Blues to trade arguably their most important players.

Kernahan and coach Brett Ratten made no direct reference to Fevola's latest misbehaviour in their speeches at the awards function.

But Ratten received warm applause when he warned the players about off-field antics.

"If you don't want to do it the Carlton way, you don't have to - you won't be a part of Carlton," he said.

Whenever Fevola's named was mentioned during the awards function, he received the loudest applause.

The Blues fined the two-time Coleman Medallist $10,000 for his various incidents during and after the Brownlow count.

Fevola has admitted he has no recollection of what happened later in the evening.

This latest controversy for Fevola meant he did not take part in Saturday's pre-grand final motorcade at the MCG.

Fevola was supposed to be in the motorcade for winning the Coleman Medal as the top goalkicker for the season.

A Carlton media statement said the Blues would not meet with Fevola on Monday, as had been reported.

"Brendan Fevola contacted the club today to say he would prefer not to attend the 2009 John Nicholls Medal this evening," the Blues said.

"As this is an important function for Carlton, with 1500 guests attending, the club has accepted his decision to ensure there is no distraction from the function."

This latest saga comes 18 months after the Blues also fined Fevola $10,000 for another off-field incident, where he urinated on a restaurant window.

Meanwhile, Judd won the Nicholls Medal a week after he finished second to Geelong's Gary Ablett in the Brownlow voting.

He won on 558 votes, well clear of Marc Murphy, who was second again with 451, while Bryce Gibbs was third on 415.

Fevola was fourth with 390 votes.

Aaron Joseph was named the Blues' best first-year player.

Judd said it was a "huge honour" to win another club best and fairest award and predicted Murphy and Gibbs would soon challenge him.

"The two young blokes are pushing pretty hard now, so it might be my last chance for a while," he said.

Judd also said the players were yet to be consulted on Fevola's future.

"The players have been left out of it, essentially it's a board issue," he said.

"So much has been said about Brendan in the past week, it's probably fair that he cops a spell now."

Judd did not want to comment on the ongoing speculation that the Blues might trade Fevola.

"Those sort of rumours fly around at this time of year, but as I said, the board will meet with Brendan ... and speak to him about that," he said.

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