A PLAYER APPROACHED.
"WILL YOU RUN A BYE?" SUM OP £10 ACCEPTED.
A remarkable set of circumstances are those which surround the absence of three players from the Carlton team on Saturday. One of them admits having re- ceived a sum of money from a man who approached him in the street and asked him whether he would run a bye.
There have been many rumours regard- ing League football games for some weeks past, but t was not until Saturday that anything definite was done by a club to show that any official cognisance had been taken of them.
The Carlton committee, giving some cre- dence to the reports, and having made in- quiries, has taken action, and their reasons are set forth in a statement made yesterday by Mr. E. Walton, secretary of the Carlton Club. He said:-
"The Carlton committee were aware that some of their players had been approached prior to their meeting on Thursday. They knew the men, but in order not to give the negotiators any warning they did not let it be known that they had made the discovery. They therefore selected their team, as published in "The Argus" on Saturday, and waited until they reached the ground to make their announcement. As soon as the revised team was posted in the dressing-room there was a sensation when it was seen that Gillespie, Fraser, and Lang were omitted. These three were in the room ready to strip. They asked why they were left out, and were told they ought to know as much as the committee. One member of the team was indignant at the committee's action, but when the facts and the evidence in the committee's pos- session were explained to him, he was satis- fied to at once take his place on the field."
The Carlton committee will meet this evening to decide what further action will be taken.