Collingwood will have the chance to explain to the AFL why Jordan De Goey and Jeremy Howe used their mobile phones during the Pies loss to West Coast on Friday night.
AFL integrity rules state that players cannot access their phones during games, even if they are out for the rest of the match injured, as was the case with De Goey and Howe.
Jeremy Howe is helped from the field on Friday.Credit:Getty Images
Once the AFL receives that explanation the league will determine how to punish the players and/or club. The Pies have been pro-active in the matter and admitted the breach to the AFL the following day.
Collingwood captain Scott Pendlebury told reporters on Monday that the person who usually manages the locking away of player phones, football operations manager Nick Maxwell, was not at the game on Friday night.
Maxy, our operations manager, wasnt allowed to go to Perth because he had been in Brisbane and the role got lost in translation but we know as players we shouldnt be on them during the game. We get educated enough about it, it was just a slip-up.
Jordan De Goey leaves the field under the blood rule.Credit:Getty Images
I think if we get a warning, its a little reminder but if we get a financial sanction its a fair warning we shouldnt be doing that. I am not too sure what those guys did but they sent a text back home letting their family know they were OK. We know we are not able to do that and I dare say for the whole competition the box will be locked at the end.
Pendlebury also said the Pies, who sit at one win and four losses, were not far away from playing better football. They face a young and hungry Essendon side on Anzac Day on Sunday.
I thought our last quarter [against West Coast] was really pleasing, showed some good fight … just probably those concentration lapses in the second and third, key periods where West Coast were able to get on top and they pressured us really well. Forced us to cough the ball up. I dont feel like our best footy is too far away.

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