Collingwood has been issued a “please explain” by the AFL after stars Jordan De Goey and Jeremy Howe were spotted with their phones midway through Friday night’s loss to West Coast.
- De Goey was seen on TV footage picking up two phones and giving one to Howe
- League rules ask that players hand over their phones to a club official before the start of a match
- The Magpies lost to the Eagles by 27 points
The injured Magpies pair left the ground and headed for treatment in the change rooms, with De Goey (concussion/broken nose) caught on a TV camera picking up two phones and giving one to Howe (hamstring).
AFL rules bar players from using their phones during matches due to integrity concerns, with only 10 people per club allowed to access them.
Players are expected to hand over their phones to a club compliance officer before the start of each match, with the devices then placed in a secure box.
The AFL confirmed it had requested the club explain the actions of the two players.
Collingwood’s season is on thin ice at 1-4 and it faces a defining match against Essendon on Anzac Day.
Coach Nathan Buckley is keen to continue the Darcy Moore experiment despite the side’s defensive struggles in the 27-point loss in Perth.
Moore was swung into attack in a bid to fix the Magpies’ goalscoring woes, and the All-Australian defender finished with three goals and eight marks from nine disposals.
“It’s not a one-week thing. We need to get a little bit more evidence to see if that’s something sustainable going forward,” Buckley said.
“He looked dangerous at times. It’s going to take him time to get a handle on it.
“The last time he played forward, the game was pretty different. So that’s going to take time. But we needed to change things up, we’re looking to get better.”
Buckley cut a flat and frustrated figure after Friday night’s loss, with the pressure ramping up on the out-of-contract coach to turn the season around.
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