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Collingwood wins at tribunal despite lengthy Jordan De Goey ban


Collingwood star Jordan De Goey has been hit with a three-match suspension for the brutal bump that concussed West Coast youngster Elijah Hewett.

The incident was referred directly to the AFL tribunal after the match review officer graded it as careless conduct, severe impact and high contact.

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De Goey pleaded guilty to all aspects of the charge with the club asking for a three-match sanction, while the AFL recommended a four-match ban.

In giving evidence, the Magpie said he regretted the incident straight away, but didn’t realise he caught Hewett high until looking up at the replay.

“I felt disappointed and shattered for him personally, because that was obviously not my intention to hit him high,” he said.

Jordan De Goey’s bump on Elijah Hewett. Credit: Fox Sports

De Goey also revealed he sent Hewett a text after the game to apologise for the hit.

After a lengthy deliberation, the tribunal sided with Collingwood and settled on a three-match ban.

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It means De Goey will miss the King’s Birthday blockbuster against Melbourne, as well as clashes against Adelaide and Gold Coast.

But he will return for the Round 17 date with the Western Bulldogs in a major win for the Magpies.

Hewett remains in concussion protocols and will miss Saturday’s match against Adelaide before the Eagles have the bye.

A war of words erupted between the two clubs after the incident with Dom Sheed publicly calling for a lengthy suspension and West Coast apologising for a social media post.

“I actually didn’t see it (at the time). I kept looking at the big screen and kept missing it,” Sheed told 6PR.

“But I heard it was pretty bad. The boys probably didn’t respond the way we should’ve when that happened. But watching it back now, I think he deserves a good month or two on the sidelines.”

The Eagles posted a picture of the bump with the caption “straight to the tribunal”, but later deleted the post and then issued an apology the next day.

Former Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley questioned the club’s decision to post about De Goey.

“What are West Coast (doing) tweeting about Jordy? It’s none of their business,” Buckley told SEN on Monday.

“And Dom Sheed saying like ‘I’ve now just seen the vision, maybe we should have stood up for him’.

“None of the players stood up because it wasn’t seen anything outside of a football act at the time, otherwise they would have remonstrated.”

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