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Jordan De Goey has been granted personal leave by Collingwood following his mid-season trip to Bali.

The 26-year-old has been at the centre of a media firestorm in recent days, with the club handing him a suspended $25,000 fine after videos were leaked on social media of him partying, and pulling down a woman’s top.

Collingwood confirmed that De Goey will not play in Sunday’s clash against the GWS Giants, with a timeline on his return yet to be determined.

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“The Collingwood Football Club advises player Jordan De Goey has been granted personal leave by the club and will not take part in the Round 15 match against the GWS Giants to be played on Sunday, June 26,” a club statement read on Wednesday evening.

“Jordan has been absent from training this week and the club will continue to support him on his return to the football program.”

Former Collingwood president Eddie McGuire said it was evident the backlash from the Bali trip had begun to take a toll on De Goey.

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“He’s obviously clearly feeling the effects of having page after page and story after story on the radio today and people criticising him about his (ADHD) situation,” McGuire told 9News Melbourne.

“People are entitled to their opinion, but I think sometimes we go a little bit hard in these situations.

“I was reading today that people were saying he didn’t have any punishment. Let me give you the tip: he has been punished and some people would say, ‘So he should’.

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“I’m not defending any of his actions by any stretch, but at the same time, there is an element of fairness that comes into these types of things.

“For the mockery to be made of a quite serious situation, one that he’s been addressing for a fair while under medical supervision, it was pretty over the odds.

“When people say $25,000 is a suspended sentence, he’s copped at least a $100,000 to $200,000 haircut on his next negotiation whether it’s at St Kilda, who have been into him for a while, or at Collingwood, or wherever he ends up.

“It’s been pretty tough on him … he has been copping a whack and you saw that manifest itself now.”

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Nick Kyrgios has laughed off questions regarding his on-court attire, as he opted to change his shoes and hat before taking a post-match interview following his gutsy performance in the fourth round.

Kyrgios’ detractors were desperate for something, anything, to take the shine off his impressive five-set win, where he battled a shoulder ailment throughout, receiving treatment several times.

But if his win over Stefanos Tsitsipas was a ‘circus’, as the vanquished Greek proposed it was, this was anything but.

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Save for a couple of words with the chair umpire late in the contest, Kyrgios was focused, and almost reserved at times.

Few sports stars are as polarising – and when Kyrgios switched his hat and shoes for a red Jordan brand cap and some matching sneakers, it gave his critics – of which there were fewer than his last match, for obvious reasons – the ammunition they needed.

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On commentary, Aussie legend Todd Woodbridge said that his countryman “might receive a letter in his locker” about the hat and shoe change.

The 27-year-old’s post-win press conference was nothing like the combative environment that it was two days ago, right until the very end.

A reporter posed the idea that Kyrgios invites his own controversy, including an open flaunting of clear wardrobe rules.

“Why then would you walk on to centre court with bright red trainers on and do an interview in a red cap?” Kyrgios was asked.

The reply was typically Kyrgios.

“Because I do what I want,” he responded, before being pressed on whether or not he thought he was above the rules.

“No. I’m not above the rules. I just like wearing my Jordans.”

The line of questioning continued despite a moderator’s attempted intervention, when Kyrgios was quick to correct the journalist that he hadn’t ‘moaned’ about controversy.

“I haven’t moaned. I love it,” he said.

“Yeah, it’s just more attention for me. What’s that saying? Any publicity is good publicity, right?

“Keep doing you then champion,” he said to the question asker before moving on.

Kyrgios will get a day off before facing Chile’s Cristian Garin for a spot in the final four.

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Erik ten Hag was afforded a first opportunity to work with a number of returning Reds at Carrington on Monday.

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Cristian Garin came from two sets down and saved two match points in the fifth before beating Alex de Minaur to reach his first grand slam quarter-final at Wimbledon.

The unseeded Chilean trailed 5-3 in the first-to-10 fifth-set tiebreaker before winning six straight points to take a 9-5 lead.

He then converted his second match point to advance 2-6, 5-7, 7-6 (3), 6-4, 7-6 (6) on Court No.2 after four hours and 34 minutes.

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Garin is the first Chilean man to reach a Grand Slam quarterfinal since Fernando Gonzales in 2009.

The 19th-seeded de Minaur had never lost a set against Garin in three previous meetings and looked set to maintain that streak when he led 3-1 in the third-set tiebreaker. The Australian then held two match points at 5-4 in the fifth.

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