Eddie McGuire vows to do 'anything possible' to help Lumumba patch things up with Collingwood

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Eddie McGuire vows to do ‘anything possible’ to help Heritier Lumumba patch things up with Collingwood after ex-Pies star revealed he had CUT TIES with club amid racism claims

  • Eddie McGuire has had his say on  Heritier Lumumba’s Collingwood revelations
  • Lumumba severed ties with the club over their alleged mishandling of racism 
  • McGuire, who served as president of the club, says he wants to help fix things
  • The 57-year-old says Lumumba’s revelations on Twitter ‘breaks our hearts’ 

Eddie McGuire has had his say on Heritier Lumumba’s recent revelations, with the former Collingwood president vowing to ‘do anything possible’ to help the former star mend things with the Pies.

On Wednesday, Lumumba, 35, who won a premiership with Collingwood in 2010, said he had severed ties with the club after claiming that ‘nothing had changed’ in relation to allegations of racism. 

‘After 15 months of dialogue to address past incidents of racism at the Collingwood Football Club, Leon Davis, Andrew Krakouer and I have formally notified the club that we are officially terminating all communications with CFC,’ Lumumba said in a scathing social media post.

‘Nothing has changed. It is our firm belief that the Collingwood Football Club has no intention of acting in good faith to achieve a just outcome for past players who have experienced racism at the club.’ 

Accusations of systemic racism rocked Collingwood and culminated in the ‘Do Better’ report, with club president McGuire resigning in 2021 after 22 years in the role.

Eddie McGuire has expressed his heartbreak in Heritier Lumumba's recent revelations

Eddie McGuire has expressed his heartbreak in Heritier Lumumba’s recent revelations

Lumumba’s statement has come as a shock to onlookers, given the steps taken by the club to rectify their environment, but McGuire insists that the 35-year-old’s remarks ‘doesn’t surprise me’.

‘It doesn’t surprise me because I know there’s been discussions, and I had them when I was still the president,’ McGuire said on Nine’s Footy Classified.

‘The ‘Do Better’ report was a deep dive… there’s been a 12-month review of that. They said there was systematic issues – that there was a system breakdown.

The former Collingwood star revealed he had severed ties with the club in a social media post

The former Collingwood star revealed he had severed ties with the club in a social media post

Lumumba claimed that 'nothing has changed' with regards to the Pies' approach to racism

Lumumba claimed that ‘nothing has changed’ with regards to the Pies’ approach to racism

‘Now Collingwood is the only club that has a 15-person multicultural task force that is there. Jodie Sizer is the vice president of the club, she was involved in the reconciliation action plan before she came onto the board, and is now the vice president. I think there are a lot of things there. 

‘I hope these three greats of the club come back to the club and have a truth-telling session, and get to a resolution. That’s what everyone wants.’ 

McGuire added that he would take the necessary steps to bring the three players back into the fold, saying ‘everyone wants this to be resolved’.

McGuire said he will do 'anything possible' to help the former star patch things up with the club

McGuire said he will do ‘anything possible’ to help the former star patch things up with the club

‘Everyone wants this to be resolved and to move forward and do things. Not to move away because that’s the easy thing to say,’ McGuire added. 

‘I have [reached out to the players] over the journey, but I’m out of Collingwood now.

‘If I can help at all, and certainly with these three champions – all of them I’ve been close friends that I’ve looked after over the years – of course, I would do anything possible to try and help everyone get to a position.

‘Our hearts break when we see these things.’

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