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McGuire had to go for club to work on racism, Do Better report recommendations says AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan

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McLachlan had rang McGuire last Tuesday after his disastrous media conference in response to the Do Better report which found Collingwood guilty of systemic racism to tell him he should have articulated himself differently in the wake of such a sobering document for the club.

McGuire went off script to describe the release of the report – which was leaked more than a month after the Collingwood board received it – as a “historic and proud day for the club” which intensified calls for him to resign as a result of a report finding the club guilty of systemic racism.

Following an apology from Collingwood’s football and netball players, conversations with sponsors and an open letter from community leaders including prominent Indigenous figures McGuire reached the decision, according to McLachlan, for the good of his family and the club.

“He’s accountable … there are things that club needs to do better. And yeah, frankly, his assessment was it was easier without him,” McLachlan said.

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