West Coast captain Darren Glass has dismissed suggestions that the club's tribunal defence of Luke Shuey this week was a tit-for-tat response to comments made earlier this season by North Melbourne coach Brad Scott.
Glass' defence came yesterday as Richmond coach Damien Hardwick echoed Kangaroos football manager Donald McDonald and Scott's assertions that his club would not accuse an opposition player of staging, as the Eagles did with North forward Lindsay Thomas. The tribunal bid to clear Shuey failed and he will serve a two-match ban for a low blow.
"I'd be disappointed if our club went about it that way," Hardwick said. "It's not something we want to see in our game, that sort of incident. And then to put the view that Lindsay Thomas added to it was a little bit of a long bow to draw, for mine."
Scott accused the Eagles of ducking to win free kicks after the Kangaroos' 25-point loss in round six. He said at the time that it was not a strategy he would want his players to be known for.
Both West Coast player advocate David Grace and Shuey this week accused Thomas of diving in what some described as an escalating off-field war between the clubs.
But Glass said that in his club's view there was no bad blood and that the Shuey case had been argued on its merit.
"It's certainly not the way we've approached it, it's not the way Shuey would have approached it," Glass told SEN radio.
"Certainly from what I heard of Brad Scott's press conference after our first game, he said it was akin to ducking, it was like ducking. I don't think he actually accused us of ducking.
"We weren't offended by Scott's comments and we certainly haven't tried to avenge that."
West Coast chief executive Trevor Nisbett last night declined to comment.
Scott tried to distance himself from the debate yesterday when he absolved Eagles coach John Worsfold and Shuey of any untoward conduct.
"What we will do is we'll defend Lindsay to the hilt," Scott said.
"I know John Worsfold well enough to know that he would have had nothing to do with that.
"Defence counsel use whatever tactics they can to get their players off. John Worsfold's not the type of person to do those sorts of things and neither is Luke Shuey."I haven't taken it personally and nor has Lindsay. We've got an enormous amount of respect for Luke Shuey and, to be honest, we want to see him play, we don't want to see him rubbed out."