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Clarkson, Carey bury the hatchet after media stoush

Hawks coach Alastair Clarkson.
Hawks coach Alastair Clarkson. JULIAN SMITH

ALASTAIR Clarkson has apologised to Wayne Carey after blasting him for spreading "bulls***" about Cyril Rioli.

And Carey has agreed to concentrate on giving special comments on not breaking news in his media roles.

The Hawthorn coach and the North Melbourne champ met on Tuesday morning to bury the hatchet after Clarkson launched an extraordinary attack on Sunday night.

Clarkson took exception after Carey raised rumours on Triple M about Cyril Rioli wanting to quit footy and return to the Tiwi Islands.

"What a load of rubbish. Once again, no account, no account by a bloke who should know better than throw up bulls*** about our players," Clarkson said after Hawthorn posted its first win of the season.

"Hold some of these people to account because the hysteria that it creates is just absolute rubbish.

"Particularly Carey, of all people ... he shouldn't make too many comments about stories about other players because we could just go to town on him."

Carey said he accepted Clarkson's apology.

"We messaged one another yesterday, we caught up this morning," he said during Triple M's pre-game coverage.

"We caught up this morning and Clarko apologised for being personal and those comments, and we had a good discussion in and around the media."

Carey said he would think twice about making similar comments in future after talking to Clarkson.

"It sort of made me think ... I'm here to talk about football, and he's right," he said.

"I really shouldn't be delving into anything news in terms of my role in the media, and it's given me a little bit of a wake-up call to do exactly that.

"Rumour and innuendo it is, we hear so much of it and most of it is bulls***, to quote Clarko. So I think I'll be steering clear of anything newsy."

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