Collingwood Magpies was fined after players used their cell phones DURING a game

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AFL club faces massive fine after two of its star players were caught using their phones DURING a game that blatantly broke the rules

  • Collingwood has been hit with a $ 20,000 fine for an AFL rule violation
  • Jordan De Goey and Jeremy Howe were seen using their phones during a game
  • The club had received an ‘explain please’ after De Goey picked up two phones
  • He gave one to Howe when they were in the locker room during Friday’s game
  • Rules prohibit players from using phones during games due to integrity concerns
  • The club is expected to pay the bill instead of having De Goey and Howe pay

Collingwood has been hit with a $ 20,000 fine after injured Magpies Jordan De Goey and Jeremy Howe were caught violating AFL rules using their phones during a match.

The club had received an ‘explain please’ after De Goey picked up two phones and gave one to Howe while the pair were in the locker rooms during Friday night’s loss against West Coast.

AFL rules prohibit players from using their phones during games due to integrity concerns, with only 10 people per club accessing them.

Despite the players’ mistake, the club is expected to pay the bill instead of making De Goey and Howe pay for it.

Collingwood has been hit with a $ 20,000 fine after injured Magpies Jordan De Goey and Jeremy Howe were caught violating AFL rules using their phones during a match

The club had received an 'explain please' after De Goey (pictured) picked up two phones and gave one to Howe while the pair were in the locker rooms during Friday night's loss against West Coast.

The club had received an ‘explain please’ after De Goey (pictured) picked up two phones and gave one to Howe while the pair were in the locker rooms during Friday night’s loss against West Coast.

After an investigation in which De Goey and Howe had contacted family members about their injuries, the AFL came out hard on the Magpies.

“The rules, which have long been in place to protect the integrity of our code, clearly state that no mobile phones will be used during the competition. It’s a rule that clubs and players are trained and reminded every year, ”said AFL general adviser Andrew Dillon.

Every club has authorized device users out there every match day, in part for the reason that the players were using their phones – to contact family members as needed.

“The players know this, the clubs know this and we have to follow this very simple but important rule to continue to protect the integrity of the game.”

“The AFL also wants to recognize Collingwood’s cooperation in its investigations and remind all clubs of their responsibility.”

Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley claimed that De Goey had not intentionally broken the rules, but simply ‘did not think clearly’.

The dynamic attacker will miss at least 12 days to comply with the AFL’s concussion protocols and sit out the Anzac Day clash with Essendon.

“The guy we’re talking about who picked up the phones was just dropped from the game because of a concussion,” Buckley told Fox Footy’s AFL 360.

‘We are currently understaffed after COVID (job losses), so most of our (staff) were on deck.

After an investigation in which De Goey (photo) and Howe contacted family members about their injuries, the AFL came down hard on the Magpies

After an investigation in which De Goey (photo) and Howe contacted family members about their injuries, the AFL came down hard on the Magpies

Despite the players' mistake, the club is expected to pay the bill instead of making De Goey and Howe (pictured) pay for it.

Despite the players’ mistake, the club is expected to pay the bill instead of making De Goey and Howe (pictured) pay for it.

“We had a few injured players and the guy grabbing the phones wasn’t considered good enough to keep playing a game of footy because of a knock on the head.”

The 27-point defeat to the Eagles at Optus Stadium left Collingwood 1-4 with increasing pressure on Buckley, who is in his 10th season as a coach.

Buckley, one of the greatest players in the club’s history, said he was determined to get the Magpies out of their current predicament.

“I have a great passion for the club, I have a great passion to help young men get through it, and as an organization we have been challenged quite a bit on and off the field,” said Buckley.

‘You are now looking at our win-loss, we are 1-4; I am accountable for that, I take responsibility for that, but I don’t mind either. ‘

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