Collingwood president Eddie McGuire has confirmed he has quit the AFL club.
The media personality had been set to leave the Magpies at the end of the 2021 season.
However, his response to the findings of a leaked report that found systemic racism at Collingwood and the backlash that followed, forced him to bring forward the end of his 22-year tenure.
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McGuire on Tuesday announced his resignation at Collingwood’s headquarters with the entire Magpies playing group in the room.
“I try my best and I don’t always get it right, but I don’t stop trying,” he told reporters.
“Effective immediately, I step down from the presidency of the Collingwood Football Club.
“From the moment I became the president of the Collingwood football club on my 34th birthday back in 1998, my sole motivation was to heal, unite, inspire and drive a new social conscience, not just into this club, but sport and the community in general.”
McGuire’s decision comes on the same day an open letter signed by politicians and Indigenous leaders circulated and called for him to quit.
The long-serving president declared the release of last week’s Do Better report as a “proud and historic day” for Collingwood.
The next day at the club’s annual general meeting, McGuire apologised for how he described the findings of the club-commissioned independent review.
“I remind people that our recent review, inspired by Black Lives Matter, that part of a six-year journey of our reconciliation action plan was to look to what we need to do in the next ten years,” McGuire said.
“People have latched on to my opening line last week, and as a result, I have become a lightning rod for vitriol but have placed the club in a position where it is hard to move forward with our plans.”
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