The AFL will investigate a bizarre pre-game incident involving one of Collingwood’s biggest stars right before the team ran onto the field.
Officials will watch footage of a team crawling into Magpies’ locker room, in which Jordan De Goey was caught patting behind him a few times on the back of teammate Isaac Quaynor.
De Goey was also captured with his left middle finger for squeezing Quaynor’s buttocks when Magpies coach Nathan Buckley ordered the law.
Fox Sports’ awkward meeting took place just before Collingwood stepped up to the SCG for their clash against the Sydney Swans on Saturday.
The AFL will review the view on Monday, despite the club’s denial that De Goey’s actions were inappropriate.
“We think appropriate change room behavior is important,” said the club foxfooty.com.au.
“In this case, neither the players nor the club believe that inappropriate behavior has taken place.”
The antics in De Goey’s dressing room have come under heavy fire from AFL greats.
“ It was silly and the players I think know there are cameras in the room so it would be featured all week, ” former Hawthorn Hawks premiership star turned commentator Jordan Lewis told Fox Footy’s Saturday Stretch .
But it’s just another lesson that players keep an eye on and behave appropriately.
More AFL legends weighed in on Sunday in the debate.
‘That is not appropriate. If you want to say it’s just guys that are guys, it leads to a point where you have to dance and get away from players, ” Essendon-great Matthew Lloyd said on the Sunday Footy Show.
“I’ve never seen it in my time, so I’m not sure why it’s in the game.”
AFL officials will watch the vision of Jordan De Goey touching the bottom of a Collingwood teammate (circled) in the locker room before their match against Sydney
Former Port Adelaide champion Kane Cornes agreed.
‘You have a coach talking to you, your season is at stake, your coach is coaching for his coaching life and you have a player who is distracting a young player who is trying to listen to the coach, that’s more of the problem for me,’ he said.
“What are they doing there rumbling around right now?”
But some AFL fans have jumped into De Goey’s defense.
Is this Jordan De Goey stuff real? Distant cough, what a joke. A little pat on the back for a teammate? If this isn’t acceptable right now, we’re in trouble anyway, ” one fan tweeted.
Another added, “Dear Jesus, a little chitchat between the boys and the PC police are all confused.”
Collingwood has dropped to 16th place on the table after losing 30 points against in-form Swans on Saturday.
The Magpies started with the first three goals of the game, but were only able to score two more after the first quarter.
Jordan De Goey in action for the Magpies during their 30-point loss against the Sydney Swans at the SCG on Saturday
The latest locker room incident comes after two Richmond Tigers players were repeatedly caught on their teammate singing the team song after two wins last August.
Post-match footage shows Tigers defenders Nick Vlaustin and Jayden Short groping South Sudanese-born forward Mabior Chol after two separate matches.
Vlastuin and Short later apologized to Chol.
‘It was a stupid act and I am deeply ashamed. I apologized to Mabior, ”said Vlastuin.
“It was unacceptable behavior and a bad example,” added Short.
Jordan De Goey (pictured in action) has come under heavy fire from AFL greats for his pre-match locker room antics
AFL boss Gillon McLachlan at the time condemned the couple’s behavior.
“We condemn the behavior and learn from what happened and make sure everyone in the AFL understands that we must have work environments that are free from any form of inappropriate behavior or sexual harassment,” McLachlan said in a statement last August.
“Where we fall under the standards expected of us, we need to recognize that and take the right steps to learn and improve.”
“This is an ongoing journey and we are determined to change.”
Collingwood has denied that Jordan De Goey’s actions (pictured) were inappropriate