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Eddie Betts says Collingwood stars have ‘no choice’ but to play on amid the Jordan De Goey saga

Eddie Betts says Collingwood stars have ‘no choice’ but to keep playing amid Jordan De Goey saga as Adelaide legend reflects on how the Crows carried on just EIGHT DAYS after their coach was murdered

  • Eddie Betts says Collingwood has ‘no choice’ but to put their best foot forward
  • The Pies are recovering after a turbulent week off the field with Jordan De Goey
  • The 26-year-old won’t face GWS after his antics at a Balinese nightclub
  • Betts Says The Crows Had To Unite After Coach Phil Walsh’s Murder

The Collingwood stars should “put aside” the Jordan De Goey scandal and get on with the game, Eddie Betts insisted.

De Goey will not play against GWS on Sunday after he was given personal leave after a turbulent week in which video images circulated of the Pies star trying to expose the breast of a woman in Bali.

An emotional Craig McRae said on Thursday he wants to ‘put my arms around him’ as the club reels from the saga that threatens to derail the group amid their strong form.

Eddie Betts says Collingwood should 'put aside' their turbulent week and focus on their footy

Eddie Betts says Collingwood should ‘put aside’ their turbulent week and focus on their footy

And former Adelaide and Carlton star Betts says the Pies have “no choice” but to keep moving forward, pointing out how the Crows continued to play shortly after Phil Walsh’s death in 2015.

Crows’ ex-coach was murdered by his son on 3 July 2015 and the AFL chose to cancel Adelaide’s upcoming game against Geelong, but the players took to the field on 11 July to face Hawthorn.

“Now you have to put everything aside and focus on Sunday,” he told AFL360 on Wednesday.

The Pies are reeling from Jordan De Goey's wild antics in Bali during a mid-season break

The Pies are reeling from Jordan De Goey’s wild antics in Bali during a mid-season break

De Goey does not play against GWS and the AFL club is struggling with the backlash

De Goey does not play against GWS and the AFL club is struggling with the backlash

When host Mark Robinson asked if this would be ‘easy’, Betts replied: ‘You don’t have a choice, I was at a club where our coach was killed and we still had to play, we had to somehow go out and play the game we love so Collingwood players need to put this aside, focus on the task ahead, they have a big game this weekend.

“It was tough, and as hard as it was, we had to come together as troops, be close together and go out and try to play a little football. I think this is what the Collingwood footballers should do.”

Betts added that De Goey’s focus should now be on regaining the trust and respect of his teammates, fans and the general public.

Betts compared the Pies' ordeal to that of the Crows after Phil Walsh was murdered

Betts compared the Pies’ ordeal to that of the Crows after Phil Walsh was murdered

Adelaide played just eight days after their beloved coach was murdered by his own son

Adelaide played just eight days after their beloved coach was murdered by his own son

“It’s been a tough week for the Collingwood Football Club. Jordan De Goey has resigned. I think as leaders of the football club you now have to put aside what he has done and be careful with his mental health.

“I know the Collingwood psychologist and she will be involved, consult with him, but know very well what he did, understand what he did and face the consequences.

“When you are called up, you automatically become a role model for all children in Australia. In the AFL, we set high standards of conduct and if you fail to meet those standards, you must be held accountable.

“Jordy has been in this situation before and I think for him now it’s about getting that respect back from teammates, fans and all of Australia.”

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