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McGuire points finger at AFL

Sportal January 29, 2013, 9:54 am
Eddie McGuire

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Collingwood president Eddie McGuire has accused the AFL of leaking a report that at least four Magpies players voluntarily admitted to using illicit drugs in 2012.

The Herald Sun said on Tuesday the unnamed players had notified AFL medical staff of their drug use late last season.

As a result, the players did not have a strike marked against their name under a controversial clause in the AFL's Illicit Drugs Policy.

McGuire questioned the timing of the report ahead of Wednesday's historic summit on drug use in the AFL.

"I'll tell you what I'm really filthy about is that this story could have only come from one place - it could have only come from the AFL," McGuire told Triple M.

"They're the ones that have got the information.

"It strikes me as a bit odd that the day before we have a drug summit that has probably brought the heat on a whole lot of the issues involved here that have been fostered by the Collingwood Football Club, that suddenly it becomes a Collingwood issue.

"It ain't a Collingwood issue and we don't care because you know what? We're actually taking this on head on; we're saying there's a problem.

"I said it in 1998, I said in 2005 and I'll say it today on Tuesday, January 29, that there is a big issue in our community and we have taken great steps in football, but now we have to review those steps."

Under the AFL policy, clubs are only informed when a player tests positive to using illicit drugs on three occasions.

The player is also subject to a $5000 dollar fine and a suspension of up to 18 matches.

However, if a player reports to using drugs, whether deliberately or inadvertently, they are exempt from having a strike recorded against their name.

McGuire called on the AFL Players' Association to give the clubs a greater share of responsibility when dealing with players who had registered strikes.

"They've actually got to start thinking about the players' welfare, not get them off the hook all the time," he said.

"I don't know if the Players' Association is actually working for the players, or working for the managers these days, but what they need to do is give an opportunity for clubs to be able to look after their own."

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  1. Darryl01:51pm Wednesday 30th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Every player found to be taking Drugs should be given the same treatment as was dished out to Ben Cousins ie sack them and make it quite clear that Drugs will not be tolerated in the game. Currently we have a situation here in Perth where one player has been demonised while another player from the same team is given a heroes game each year...........Why, when both players were on drugs, one died and the other lived. SAD, but very true.

  2. Darryl01:48pm Wednesday 30th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Huge Ackman, you are obviously NOT against theswe people playing while under the influence of Drugs. Have you actually witnessed the demise of a person as they move from Pot to various other Drugs?? Perhaps you need to watch one of your loved ones slowly destroying him/herself. Eddie is a decent guy and has alot of sincerity where his club is concerned. The only part of all this issue that needs to be looked at is the punishment for using. cont'....

  3. Col11:40am Wednesday 30th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Eddie please listen, you are Collingwood president and not, repeat not, Andrew Demetriou. Please shut up (just for once) and listen to the "AFL President" .... you never know you may feel better!!! .... but I doubt it!!!

  4. Alan08:31pm Tuesday 29th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    I agree with all of the above comments....so why not have a mandatory clause in all contracts so the clubs can be informed and be involved in the first offence, after all its the clubs that have a large sum of money and time invested in these players not the afl.

  5. Daniel08:23pm Tuesday 29th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Ha ha, good one Eddie, you need to be on drugs to play with, or support collingwood. Your a tosser

  6. Terry07:17pm Tuesday 29th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Eddie is talking "Mumbo Jumbo"on the drug issue --re his players. Of course the AFL have brought this issue up just prior to the Drug Use summit --its pertinent for god sake Eddie --grow up ! They wont just be talking about Collingwood players at the summit --you idiot ! Its about the AFL & ALL TEAMS IN GENERAL . Think outside the square Eddie .

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  7. Col06:19pm Tuesday 29th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Unsteady Eddie gets the best deal in the AFL , has the MCG as his home ground, rarely plays outside Melbourne/Victoria, gets a favourable draw and ................ he still whinges!!! Time the AFL clamped down on clubs to provide their own home venues, play equal games away from home State and be shown to be truly neutral!

  8. Ghost Hunter04:59pm Tuesday 29th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    If Yahoo7 was to run a poll today for ' The Worse behaved, most self-centered, most irritating Sportsperson in Australia of 2013 ' - the nominations in order so far would be - - # 1. motor-mouth mundine. (ahead by 95% of the votes) #2. shane ' plastic face ' warne - and #3 but closing in fast on wanker warne - eddie 'giant dummy-spit' mcguire.

  9. Ghost Hunter04:41pm Tuesday 29th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    So a few poor little eddie's cross country ballet players got caught using drugs and eddie's now having a big dummy spit because their names got out ??? Big deal eddie - get over it. If you don't want the bad press reviews - get rid of the druggies in your club - YOU KNOW WHO THEY ARE ! Getting hard to tell who is the worse 'sportsman' - you or motor-mouth mundine ! :-P

  10. Ghost Hunter04:33pm Tuesday 29th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Sack them all if they use drugs - it's that simple ! None of this gutless, wishie - washie BS, just publicly name and shame them, then just as publicly sack them - end any contracts with no further payments of any sort. What's Australia become ??? A nation producing athletes or a nation producing druggies ???

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