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‘Very disappointing’: Eddie McGuire humbled after Magpies virus breach

offered to cover the hefty penalty the club has copped for their AFL coronavirus protocol breach.” data-reactid=”32″ type=”text”>Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley and assistant Brenton Sanderson have offered to cover the hefty penalty the club has copped for their AFL coronavirus protocol breach.

The pair played tennis with two people from outside the club’s travel bubble – including Australia’s Fed Cup captain and former women’s world No.8 Alicia Molik – in Perth on Friday.

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They later reported the incident to the club, which relayed the information to the AFL.

Collingwood was fined $50,000 – with $25,000 of that suspended.

The fine couldn’t have come at a worse time for the Magpies, being handed down just a day after club president Eddie McGuire called for individuals fined by the AFL for breaching the hub rules to pay for any sanctions from their own pockets.

McGuire made the call after Richmond captain Trent Cotchin’s wife left the hub to visit a day spa, which cost the Tigers a $45,0000 fine, with $25,000 of that suspended.

It was inevitable when Eddie McGuire made those comments about sending hub breachers home that the Pies would have an incident. I didn’t think it would happen within 24 hours though. #AFL

— Mark Gottlieb (@MarkGottlieb) August 1, 2020

Sorry. A brief return to say:
Yet again Eddie McGuire has used his media gig to paint a target on his own club.
Yet again he has invited ridicule and embarrassment and caused distraction
It’s time to go – as his media friends should acknowledge.
As you were…

— Richard Hinds (@rdhinds) August 1, 2020

“I think the people who breach the protocols should be fined personally, to be honest,” McGuire told Fox Footy on Saturday.

“You can get to the clubs in due course, I think the AFL’s set it out, but I think it’s got to be a personal fine.”

Collingwood fined after coaches’ tennis trip

Buckley and Sanderson were given permission to play tennis outside of the hub against each other on Wednesday and Friday but breached AFL protocols by playing with people not associated with the club.

They did not breach any West Australian government protocols.

“This is a very disappointing reminder of how vigilant we must be to keep the season alive,” Collingwood chief executive Mark Anderson said.

“Our game has been granted the right to continue to play by governments around the country.

“In exchange for that right we simply must do all that we can to protect the health of our players, staff and the communities in which we are living and playing.

“Our football program has been educated and constantly reminded of its responsibilities and as senior leaders of our program both accept that this breach should not have occurred.

“As a club, we apologise, vow to be better and fully accept the penalty.”

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Nathan Buckley and assistant coach Brenton Sanderson have offered to pay $25,000 of Collingwood’s $50,000 fine, with the other half suspended by the AFL. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

The experienced coaching duo released a joint statement after the penalty was handed down.

“At the time, we believed we had followed and adhered to the protocols as required but after returning to the hotel and re-addressing the circumstances it became crystal clear that we had breached the current AFL protocols,” the statement read.

“The competition is asking its constituents to make great sacrifices for the show to go on and we have all accepted these for the long-term future of the industry and the privilege of participating within it.”

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