Collingwood have suspended star Dane Swan, jeopardising their probabilities of an AFL leading two finish and the midfielder’s hopes of back-to-back Brownlow Medals.
The Magpies backed team guidelines more than star electrical power on Tuesday, banning the in-form 28-yr-old for two games for going out drinking on Sunday evening.
“The determination was produced immediately after the club grew to become mindful that Swan had been consuming alcohol 6 days prior to subsequent Saturday’s match against the Sydney Swans, a clear breach of club protocol,” the Magpies mentioned in a statement.
“The suspension followed discussions in between a quantity of events, including the leadership group.”
The club’s players reportedly just lately produced a pledge to refrain from consuming alcohol for the rest of the season.
According to the AFL website, Swan denied drinking alcohol, admitting he went out on Sunday night but saying he consumed only water.
But he is understood to have been challenged by a teammate in excess of the situation he was in when he arrived at education on Monday.
He subsequently met with coach Nathan Buckley and Magpies gamers before the ban was issued.
Swan is a 3-time Collingwood finest and fairest, like in their 2010 premiership year, and won the AFL’s Brownlow Medal last season.
He was amongst the best couple of favourites for this year’s award and has been in exceptional kind in recent months.
In his previous eight matches, Swan has averaged a outstanding 39 disposals and he has also kicked nine objectives in the previous three rounds.
His absence for clashes with the Swans and Kangaroos, two of the competition’s type sides, could demonstrate important for the third-positioned Magpies.
A loss to the Swans would leave them two video games plus percentage off leading spot.
With second-placed Adelaide possessing a dream draw above the remaining 4 rounds, it would also imply Collingwood would be unlikely to overtake the Crows.
Assuming they don’t drop out of the top 4, that would imply the Magpies would most very likely encounter an interstate trip on the opening weekend of finals.
Swan is the second player this yr suspended by the club, with Sharrod Wellingham banned for the first two rounds of the season for consuming although injured.
It comes a day after Western Bulldogs young gun Tom Liberatore was banned by his club for the rest of the year.
Liberatore was found unconscious by the police and with an illicit drug in his possession on the weekend.