Adelaide official Phil Harper has returned to work after a two-month AFL ban in a revamped role which removes him from contract negotiations.
But Harper, suspended by the league over illegalities in ex-Crow Kurt Tippett's contract, has been told his new role isn't punishment from his club.
"I have been assured by (Adelaide chairman) Rob Chapman that is not the case," Harper told reporters when returning to work at Adelaide's headquarters on Friday.
Harper had been the Crows' football operations general manager but returned as football administration general manager.
He said he accepted the AFL ban for breaking salary cap and draft rules regarding Tippett's 2009 re-signing with the Crows - despite not being involved in that contract.
"A lot of people have said to me 'you're hard done by - you had nothing to do with that deal'," he said.
"And really, all those people who have said that to me are family, friends and Crows supporters so they're all biased.
"What you need to do is say 'well, who should judge that?'. And it should be somebody who is independent, which was the AFL Commission - they made a judgment on it and I accept their decision."
Harper said he erred in not telling the AFL when he was aware of "something a little bit untoward" in the 2009 contract dealings of Tippett, who walked out on the Crows last year and joined Sydney.
But the subsequent AFL investigation cleared him of any other wrongdoing, he said.
"The AFL investigation was really thorough, they looked at every contract I have ever done with the Adelaide Football Club and they did not find one thing wrong with any contract I have ever done," Harper said.
Tippett was suspended by the AFL until round 12 this season for his role in the illegal contract, while his manager Peter Blucher was banned for a year by the AFL Players' Association.Adelaide's chief executive Steven Trigg will return to work on July 1 after serving a six-month ban imposed by the AFL for his role in the Tippett saga.
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