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Bracks attacks premiers' AFL letter

09/06/2003 07:20:41 PM Comments (0)

Victorian premier Steve Bracks has a blunt message for four of his interstate counterparts - butt out of the AFL-MCG finals controversy.

Melbourne president Gabriel Szondy also defended the Melbourne Cricket Club over its stand.

Bracks was particularly scornful of NSW premier Bob Carr and Queensland's Peter Beattie.

"They wouldn't know Australian Rules football rules if they were here at the ground," he said.

"The reality is they don't know the rules and yet they want to change the rules here in Victoria."

Carr, Beattie, South Australian premier Mike Rann and West Australian leader Geoff Gallop are signatories to an open letter asking the MCG to "reconsider" its finals deal.

"It's just local parish pump politics without regard for the game," was Bracks' reaction to the letter.

This issue is not new, but is particularly hot this season because all six non-Victorian teams are finals contenders.

The deal between the league and its grand final venue means two of those teams could play a preliminary final against each other at the MCG.

Another scenario, which has happened before, is an interstate team might have to play a "home" final at the ground against a local club.

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