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Bad blood remains at Hawthorn

By Roger Vaughan 06/12/2004 07:08:43 PM Comments (0)

The bad blood remains at AFL club Hawthorn, despite the stunning decision of the Operation Recovery ticket to withdraw its bid for power.

The Graham Arthur-led ticket announced it would not go ahead with its challenge to president Ian Dicker's board.

While Arthur, the club's first premiership captain, could meet with Dicker on Tuesday, the statement that announced the end of the Operation Recovery campaign made it clear the opposition group was still unhappy with the current regime.

It took particular aim at Dicker, accusing him of overruling attempts at a compromise last week and saying he had "hijacked" the club's management.

For his part, Dicker said the board had the support of most Hawks fans.

"The club has had a small faction with an idea of a difference, but the bulk of the club ... 95-98 per cent... is strongly supportive of what the board and management has been doing," Dicker said.

He also released a statement referring to the opposition as the "Scott ticket".

Former Hawks captain Don Scott, a strong Dicker critic, was one of the main forces behind Operation Recovery.

Dicker said he was "not surprised" by the decision, saying he had received "overwhelming support" in the last few weeks from Hawks fans.

"At the outset of this campaign, the Dicker board decided it would not personalise the debate," he added.

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