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Don Cherry defends Ron MacLean on Twitter over ref comments

Hockey Night in Canada commentator Don Cherry came to the defence of Ron MacLean on Friday with a series of tweets in support of his Coach's Corner partner following MacLean's comments earlier this week about French-Canadian referees.

Coach's Corner partner made controversial remark

Hockey Night In Canada commentator tries to extricate himself from hot water after comments about the impartiality of French-Canadian referees assigned to Montreal Canadiens playoff games 1:56

Don Cherry has come to the defence of his Coach's Corner partner Ron MacLean.

MacLean landed in hot water earlier this week by suggesting during a Hockey Night in Canada broadcast that a French-Canadian referee should not have been assigned to Game 4 of the NHL playoff series between the Montreal Canadiens and the Tampa Bay Lightning.

MacLean's comment, which did not come during a Coach's Corner segment, followed a controversial call by another French-Canadian referee in Game 3 that helped lead to a Montreal victory.

The Canadiens went on to win the series in four games.

MacLean apologized on air for the comment, saying, "It's divisive any time you become about French and English in our country. But I didn't intend to go down that path."

He was not reprimanded by the CBC.

Cherry weighed in with a series of tweets Friday. Here's what was posted on his official Twitter account:

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