Posted: 20 July, 2012 by Triple M Footy

Brad Scott Tells The AFL To Harden Up?

North Melbourne coach Brad Scott has fired a shot at AFL Operations manager Adrian Anderson for getting legal people involved after Chris Judd's manager, Paul Connors, was 'unfairly critical' of Anderson in the wake of Chris Judd's suspension.

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North Melbourne coach Brad Scott has fired a shot at AFL Operations manager Adrian Anderson for getting legal people involved after Chris Judd's manager, Paul Connors, was 'unfairly critical' of Anderson in the wake of Chris Judd's suspension.

Connors questioned whether to question whether the AFL had directly interfered with the Match Review Panel and Tribunal process that led to JUdd's case being sent straight to the tribunal.

"if you can't handle criticism ... then you're in the wrong industry. In Adrian's case he was criticised unfairly. AFL coaches, in their view, are unfairly criticised all the time (but) I can't recall an AFL coach calling their lawyer to pursue a defamation claim against someone for criticising them," Scott told AFL Media.

Triple M commentator Nathan Brown, after hearing the audio of Scott on Triple M's Rush Hour, said: "I think what Scott was saying is 'we can't let people who run the show be bigger than the game', and I think that's what he was alluding to."

Scott himself was on edge following the four-match suspension given to North midfielder Jack Ziebell, which prompted widespread criticism of the suspension in the media and some outraged comments on Twitter from players such as North's Drew Petrie and Geelong's James Kelly, which, in turn, attracted a series of 'please explains' from the AFL.

Anderson hit back after learning of Scott's comments on Friday, saying: "Brad has completely missed the point on why we sought an apology."

"I won't cop an attack on the integrity of the Tribunal system and the very good people who serve in it."

The AFL Tribunal is under more scrutiny than ever after North midfielder Jack Ziebell was rubbed out for what many footy commentators, fans and players say was just a bloke going for the ball.

North player Drew Petrie and Geelong's James Kelly face potential sanctions over tweets they posted relating to the Ziebell verdict.

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