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North Melbourne Kangaroos

McLachlan to host coaches on Tuesday

AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan.

The AFL's commitment to putting fans first is likely to shape discussions when league boss Gillon McLachlan hosts the coaches at his home next week.

Roos' rocky run home will tell the truth

Welcome return: North skipper Andrew Swallow is back to face the Crows.

The sceptics have been dismissive of North Melbourne all season. With the Roos now up against it, the next few weeks may tell us once and for all whether they're the real deal or not.

Scott fined $30,000 and club slugged $50,000

Brad Scott has been fined $30,000 for his public comments about the umpires on Friday night.

North Melbourne coach Brad Scott has escaped suspension but has been hit with one of the biggest fines for an individual incident in VFL-AFL history for claiming the umpires had been biased in Friday night's loss to Hawthorn.

Scott 'embarrassed' about umpire bias comments

Kangaroos coach Brad Scott is likely to be fined by the AFL.

North Melbourne coach Brad Scott says he feels "embarrassed" and has apologised for his claims of bias, as it emerged the incident against Hawthorn which helped to spark the umpiring controversy had been adjudicated wrongly.

MVP: Ziebell and Vince escape with fines

Jack Ziebell of the Kangaroos

Star North Melbourne midfielder Jack Ziebell is free to play against Adelaide after the AFL match review panel ruled he did not have a case to answer for his hit on Hawthorn's Sam Mitchell.

North set to front AFL on Tuesday

Kangaroos coach Brad Scott at three-quarter-time when his team had made up ground but was still trailing by a point.

AFL chief Gillon McLachlan says he expects the league's review of Brad Scott's astonishing attack at the league's umpiring department will be complete by the end of Tuesday.

Roos rue a spectacular own goal

Lindsay Thomas marks on Friday night.

North Melbourne have a tough enough task ahead without their own coaches and officials causing distractions their players can't afford.

Roo asked umpire for consistency for Thomas

Ducking mess: Lindsay Thomas has regularly been accused of ducking to win a free kick for high contact.

As his coach and club braced for AFL action, North Melbourne veteran Brent Harvey revealed he spoke to an umpire on Friday night in a plea for Lindsay Thomas to be treated the same as any other player.