AFL 360 co-host Mark Robinson believes Collingwood ought to’ve imposed a harsher penalty on Jordan De Goey for his actions in Bali.
De Goey was handed a $25,000 positive that’s suspended till the tip of 2022 pending good behaviour, with the Pies in a press release and press convention with CEO Mark Anderson saying De Goey’s actions had “demonstrated disrespect in the direction of girls”.
Talking on AFL 360, Robinson was underwhelmed by each Collingwood and the AFL’s response to the difficulty from a sanction perspective.
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“I‘m fairly staggered that the AFL and Collingwood (didn’t come down tougher). The way in which Mark Anderson spoke within the press launch first after which spoke actually robust, actually highly effective phrases, however the actions didn’t again up the phrases,” he mentioned.
“A $25,000 suspended positive, it‘s not a penalty, it’s an ‘for those who do it once more’ punishment.
“Properly, he may not do it once more, so what’s the punishment? Aside from the gross embarrassment that’s surrounding Jordan in the intervening time … Collingwood is simply robust speaking, however the actions aren’t actually becoming.”
Robinson mentioned the response from the league and the Pies might simply result in a way of disillusionment from females in and across the trade.
“I’m actually dissatisfied within the AFL, I’m extremely dissatisfied. Don’t sit there, AFL and Collingwood, and inform everybody out of your soapbox that respect for girls is paramount after which oversee a non-penalty,” he mentioned.
“What are girls supposed to consider this? I want we had a desk of 10 girls proper now and mentioned what do you consider the occasions of right this moment, and see what they truthfully assume … girls have each proper to take a seat there and ask the AFL and Collingwood and the 2 feminine soccer groups and two netball groups at Collingwood, they’ve each proper to stroll in and say ‘What‘s occurring? What’s going on right here? What number of probabilities does this dude get in life?’”
A extra becoming penalty, Robinson mentioned, would’ve been a flat $25,000 positive, reasonably than a suspended one.
De Goey’s actions, co-host Gerard Whateley added, had single-handedly modified the ambiance surrounding the membership, which beforehand had been having fun with the praises of the AFL world for its beautiful formline.
“The final time we noticed Collingwood‘s they have been buoyant, that’s the very best phrase I can consider. They go on their breather, they reconvene and their membership is beneath siege on the actions of 1 participant and so they have all fronted as much as that over the previous two days whereas he hasn’t,” Whateley mentioned.
“If this goes pear-shaped from right here, it’s not arduous to think about the extent of resentment that’s there.
“If all of them come collectively and win video games and resume their cost to the finals, I‘m certain will probably be unifying. I feel these are actually tense weeks for Collingwood.”
Whateley added that Collingwood pushing aside contract talks with De Goey till yr’s finish and withdrawing its earlier supply have been punishments in and of themselves.
De Goey’s future has develop into a key speaking level, with the 26-year-old a restricted free agent with no deal past 2022.
Whereas there have been studies De Goey may very well be provided as much as a five-year deal elsewhere, Robinson mentioned such a suggestion could be irresponsible.
“Journos and media varieties are saying he‘s gonna get 5 years at $800,000, bullshit. He’s not,” he mentioned.
“There’s not a accountable membership on the market, who’s going to offer him 5 years at $800,000. In the event that they do, resign, you’re not doing all your job correctly.
“Get that out of the dialogue that the membership’s going to supply him 5 years, as a result of that received’t occur.”