Posted: 20 July, 2012
by Triple M Footy
Drew Petrie's Tweet About Jack Ziebell Being Investigated By The AFL
North Melbourne's Drew Petrie is facing a league-imposed penalty after posting a tweet following the AFL Tribunal's decision to dismiss the Kangaroos' appeal against Jack Ziebell's three-match ban, meaning the latter mist now serve a four-game suspension.
FRIDAY: The AFL has cleared Drew Petrie, Majak Daw and James Kelly for any wrongdoing in relation to their tweets about Jack Ziebell's tribunal case.
The news comes after the AFL received responses from the trio.
UPDATE: North Melbourne coach Brad Scott has joined in the chorus in criticising the AFL Tribunal after Jack Ziebell was banned for a month over his hit on Aaron Joseph as he flew for the ball against the Carlton player last Friday.
Speaking to the media on Thursday, Scott echoed the sentiments of club leader Drew Petrie - without the coulrful language the latter used on Twitter.
"It was a bitterly disappointing day and a really sad day in my mind for AFL football. I think it strikes at the heart of what this game's about," Scott said.
"Since I've been involved in footy my whole life I've never ever seen a player get suspended for making the ball his sole objective, [or] attacking the ball with ferocity but being punished for the incidental contact that occurred because of that attitude in going for the ball.
"I think it's been a core fundamental of our game since the game was invented that you can attack the ball with ferocity provided you keep your eyes on the ball at all times and you make the ball your sole intention."
EARLIER: North Melbourne's Drew Petrie is facing a league-imposed penalty after posting a tweet following the AFL Tribunal's decision to dismiss the Kangaroos' appeal against Jack Ziebell's three-match ban, meaning the latter mist now serve a four-game suspension.
The North midfielder was cited by the MRP for leaving the ground to contest for the footy, and then arguably making accidental high contact with Carlton's Aaron Joseph.
The AFL is now reportedly investigating comments by Petrie posted on his Twitter account on Tuesday night.
Petrie initially tweeted: "Advice for @jackziebell. Stop being so courageous and playing footy hard the way it's meant to be played. Please turn into a softcock!"
After this was redistributed by close to 100 other Twitter accounts, Petrie then deleted the above tweet but reposted it with the word 'softy' in place of 'softcock'.
The Ziebell decision has not only perplexed some AFL players, it has also drawn scathing criticism of what Triple M's Damian Barrett describes as the AFL's 'disintegrating' Match Review Panel system.
It's also become apparent that North's honchos are not happy with the information Carlton supplied to the AFL in relation to the incident, as reported on Triple M's Rush Hour on Wednesday.
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