One of the crucial revered figures in Australian guidelines soccer has flamed Collingwood over its dealing with of Jordan De Goey’s Bali scandal, saying with an enormous dose of sarcasm: “suspended for a draconian 60 days”.
After Collingwood launched a 500-word assertion however solely revealed a suspended sanction of $25,000 held in limbo till the tip of the Magpies’ season, Gerard Healy blasted the membership on 3AW’s Sportsday.
“It was a traditional apology … straight from the crisis-management handbook with De Goey saying all the correct issues: falling on his sword, vowing to get higher, once more,” Healy mentioned.
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“And simply in case there was any doubt about how severe the membership thought this was, they handed him a savage $25,000 tremendous. Properly, type of, as a result of it is suspended. Not for the remainder of his days at Collingwood, not for 4 years if he indicators, and even two years, however for eight weeks in the event that they miss the finals and every week or two extra in the event that they play in September. Yep – suspended for a draconian 60 days.
“Now, in the event you do not assume he deserved a penalty – and I settle for that was a debatable argument for some – then do not give him one.
“But when Collingwood thinks he has badly wronged the membership, as we simply heard (chief govt) Mark Anderson say and his apology attests, then a suspended tremendous, given his current historical past, merely does not wash. Would not cross the fantastic pub check. In truth, it does not cross any check of punishment becoming the crime.”
De Goey’s AFL profession once more took an unsightly twist when movies from a Bali night time spot emerged final week of the 26-year-old making crude indicators and flattening a girl’s high.
Collingwood didn’t ban De Goey, and solely dealt him a suspended tremendous, regardless of its assertion declaring “Collingwood Soccer Membership strongly condemns the disrespect in the direction of ladies”.
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The legendary Leigh Matthews, who coached Collingwood in 224 video games throughout the Nineteen Eighties and Nineteen Nineties, unpacked the membership’s manipulation following the De Goey incident.
“One: we have a participant who might help us win video games of footy on his good day, so we do not wish to destroy that at this cut-off date,” Matthews mentioned.
“However for our model safety we have to look like we have jumped on this, and positively by the phrases of the assertion it is jumped on.
“These statements written by a PR particular person, rigorously worded – I think Jordan De Goey’s (Instagram submit) might need been a person one.”
In an Instagram assertion that differed dramatically from his phrases within the Collingwood assertion, De Goey hammered the media.
“I wish to take the chance to thank my household, buddies and supporters who’ve checked in or despatched messages of help prior to now 24 hours,” De Goey wrote.
“I wish to brazenly handle the relentless pursuit and persecution of athletes by the media to create an uneducated, bias (sic) and ill-informed narrative that has gone too far.
“I’m one of many fortunate ones with wonderful help, nevertheless not all athletes are so fortunate.
“This can finish in tragedy if nobody speaks up.
“It is time for change.”
De Goey completed his Instagram assertion, which nonetheless exists, with “#enoughisenough”.
Collingwood will meet GWS on the MCG on Sunday afternoon however whether or not De Goey strains up stays unsure.
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