Posted: 11 August, 2012 by Triple M Footy

Wayne Carey Says Collingwood's 'No Grog' Policy Is Setting The Club Up For Failure

Wayne Carey says blanket bans on alcohol, even when they are led by player groups, are doomed to set up clubs for failure.

Tags: Wayne Carey, Dane Swan

Wayne Carey says blanket bans on alcohol, even when they are led by player groups, are doomed to set up clubs for failure.

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EARLIER ON TRIPLE M: Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley says the process to suspend Dane Swan for drinking has been 'simple', and refutes claims the Brownlow Medalist denied he had been on the grog on Sunday night.

Buckley told the media on Wednesday "Swanny failed to meet the expectations of the group", and that is why he was rubbed out for clashes with Sydney and North Melbourne.

"For all the scuttlebutt and innuendo around the place it was a very simple process and it has gone very smoothly internally," Buckley said.

"It was an easy decision to suspend him from playing and to send a message to him and to the rest of the playing group that his decision was unacceptable."

The Pies coach also said Swan had expressed remorse after admitting he had been drinking six days prior to a game, even after Collingwood players made a pact to abstain until the end of the finals.

"The club's protocols around alcohol are very clear. For as long as I can remember, our players know no drinking on six-day breaks, no drinking when you're injured, and above all else when the playing group get together and decided we're going to make a stand and find an extra little bit of investment for the last part of our season, and we're not going to drink, you don't drink."

Swan addressed the playing group on Wednesday to express his regret.

"It was there for all to see, the state that he'd come to the club in," said Buckley, before adding: "To Swanny's credit, he was very remorseful from the start and understandably embarrassed about the situation he'd put himself in and the situation he had put the club in."

Buckley did reveal Swan had been drinking before and after he was seen at the Hotel Barkly drinking water.

Tags: Wayne Carey, Dane Swan

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