Jack Ziebell
Jack Ziebell

North Melbourne's Drew Petrie and Majak Daw could be facing censure from the AFL over a series of tweets criticising the tribunal's decision to uphold team-mate Jack Ziebell's four-match suspension.

Ziebell was cited by the match review panel on Monday for his high hit on Carlton's Aaron Joseph in last Friday night's big win by the Kangaroos, with the midfielder offered a four-match ban that would be reduced to three with an early-guilty plea.

However the Kangaroos were unable to get Ziebell's rough-conduct charge overturned by the tribunal, meaning the 21-year-old will now miss crucial matches against Richmond, Melbourne, Western Bulldogs and Essendon as ninth-placed North Melbourne fight it out for eighth position on the ladder.

It is uncertain whether the Kangaroos will appeal the decision, with communications manager Heath O'Loughlin tweeting through the club's official account on Tuesday evening that, 'the club will be considering its options (in relation to Ziebell decision)'.

However, Petrie and Daw made their feelings felt through social media.

Petrie initially tweeted: "Lost enough sleep already tonight over that decision. Got a sore neck from shaking my head so much. Time for bed."

And then added: "Advice for @JackZiebell. Stop being so courageous and playing footy hard the way it's meant to be played. Please turn into a softy."

Daw didn't make any comment but according to the ''Herald-Sun'' re-tweeted a post from another user that said: "AFL please explain how Ziebell gets the same penalty as (Chris) Judd and more time than (Sharrod) Wellingham... do you really think this is a fair system?"

It is uncertain whether the two players may face punishment from the AFL, especially after the body fined Carlton $7500 for comments made on Twitter by Marc Murphy, Jeremy Laidler and Jarrad Waite, who used the social media service to criticise umpires during the Blues' recent loss to West Coast.

At the time, the predominant reason given for fining the Carlton trio was that they were deliberately criticising the umpires, although it remains to be seen whether the same principle will apply to a tribunal decision.

"A player's use of social media to make comments around umpiring will be subject to the AFL's rules in exactly the same way as comments made in a formal interview or any other media environment," said AFL football operations manager Adrian Anderson at the time.


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