Port Adelaide legend Warren Tredrea has slammed Collingwood and president Eddie McGuire for his “laughable” response to Steele Sidebottom’s COVID-19 breaches.
Both McGuire and Collingwood have both come under fire for his comments following the announcement of the four-week ban handed down to Sidebottom by the AFL.
Tredrea called out the double-standard in McGuire’s reaction to Sidebottom’s transgression compared to his reaction when rival players had breached the league’s COVID-19 laws.
“I found it quite amusing,” he told Wide World of Sports’ Talk of the Town.
“There is no way to excuse his behaviour, and as much as you want to support your player, I thought it was quite laughable.
“Being proud of him? Well, I don’t think any club would be proud once they heard what had happened.
“For people who say four weeks was too much, and particularly Collingwood, I thought their statement was ridiculous.
“If you look at what he’s done, there’s the AFL rules he’s broken, there’s the protocols he’s broken, and clearly he’s lost his way.
“(McGuire) was very quick to say people have put the TV rights and the game at risk, well that’s exactly what Steele Sidebottom did.
“He’s owned his mistake, clearly, but I thought Collingwood could have been a little bit tougher and not so supportive, when realistically he has stuffed up big-time.”
However, despite his criticism of the Collingwood president, Tredrea was quick to note the profound impact McGuire has had on the game.
“Don’t get me wrong, he’s been great for football,” he said.
“When you launched The Footy Show all those years ago, he gave footy a boost it’s never had
“He’s clearly conflicted in this, and I actually found some of the argument, it was that obvious he was trying to bat for his club and his player.
“It was a little bit laughable because Matty Lloyd called him out three times for his conflict and his inconsistencies in his argument.”