Wed August 8, 2012 7:11am
BROWNLOW medallist Dane Swan has been suspended by Collingwood for two matches for breaching club protocol by drinking alcohol.
Swan will miss crucial matches against top-of-the-ladder Sydney and North Melbourne over the next fortnight after his club took action yesterday over a drinking indiscretion last Sunday night.
He is the third Collingwood player to be sanctioned for off-field incidents this year.
In March, Sharrod Wellingham was suspended for the opening two games of the season after he had a night out drinking while injured and missed a rehabilitation session the following day.
Last year, Wellingham was caught by police driving an unregistered car. He was fined $597 but was not sanctioned by the club. In 2009, he cost the Pies a $500,000 TAC Cup sponsorship after being caught driving Hawthorn star Lance Franklin's car in Lorne while over .05.
Also in March this year, Irish recruit Paul Cribbin was involved in an alcohol-fuelled assault in Melbourne early on a Sunday morning and received facial injuries in the attack. The Magpies admitted he had been under the influence of alcohol.
In a statement, Collingwood said Swan's suspension was imposed after the club had been made aware Swan had been drinking alcohol six days before next Saturday's match against the Swans, describing it as "a clear breach of club protocol".
The Magpies said the sanction followed discussions between a number of parties, including the leadership group.
Collingwood president Eddie McGuire said last night the ban on Swan proved that no player was bigger than the team.
Coach Nathan Buckley postponed yesterday's scheduled weekly media conference until today to deal with the matter.
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