Adelaide star Kurt Tippett could be kicked out of the AFL while the Crows face draft restrictions after the league charged the parties with rule breaches this afternoon.
Tippett is set to front the AFL commission next week.
In a statement from the league, "Adelaide Crows FC, CEO Steven Trigg, former Football GM John Reid and player Kurt Tippett have each had 2 AFL TPP (total player payments) charges laid against them."
Charge one is that contrary to Rule 17 of the AFL rules, in or about September and October 2009, Adelaide engaged in conduct prejudicial to the draft.
And that second charge states contrary to Rule 17, between Sept 2009 and Oct 2012, the Crows engaged in conduct in breach of Total Player Payments provisions in rules.
Commission sanctions on clubs be financial, involve eligibility in up to four drafts and the loss of right to register player to whom breach relates.
The AFL penalties for a player "can cover financial sanctions and/or exclusion from the right to participate in the draft process."
And as for officials, the AFL can impose financial sanctions and ban individuals "the right to perform any role for or on behalf of the club".
The Crows are likely to accept their responsibility in the secret contract deal, which involved third party payments worth $200,000 and an allegedly promised Tippett a smooth transfer once the term ended.
Tippett's manager, Peter Blucher, is expected to be examined by the AFL Players' Association for his role in the affair.
The Queenslander had been linked to a trade to Sydney before the scandal broke last month.