Richmond v Collingwood
Richmond v Collingwood

‘Total c**k up’: Eddie slams finals farce

COLLINGWOOD president Eddie McGuire has slammed the AFL's decision to schedule his side's semi-final against the Giants on Saturday, saying it makes "zero sense".

The winner of the knockout final will only have a six-day break before facing minor premiers Richmond, who will be well rested after securing a safe passage to the Preliminary Finals.

The move has broken with tradition, with the Second Semi-Final historically played on the Friday to allow all semi-finalists seven-day break.

McGuire made no secret of his feelings towards the scheduling of the finals.

"Correct me if we were wrong, but didn't we just get told the reason we had a Thursday (night) set-up was to ensure that every team would get a seven-day break?" McGuire said.

"It's mitigated by the fact that in doing so they wanted to make sure the top team in Richmond quite rightfully gets an extra day (off).

"But you can't change horses mid-stream, because it doesn't make any sense. If that was the case then Collingwood should have played West Coast on Thursday or Friday night.

"We know they couldn't do it on Thursday night because it was a school day so that's fair enough, but a Friday night game starting at six o'clock over there which is what happens every other Friday night you play in Perth, would've worked out.

"You can't make a rule on the one week and then change it going into the preliminary finals. They have completely cocked this up, the AFL.

"That is an anomaly that seems to me to be totally ridiculous," McGuire added on Triple M.

"It makes zero sense whatsoever."

But the Collingwood president isn't the only one who has criticised the fixture, with dual premiership player David King labelling it a "total cock-up".

Collingwood will face Greater Western Sydney at the MCG at 7:25pm on Saturday night in the second semi-final, while Hawthorn will host Melbourne in the first semi-final this Friday night at 7:50pm EST at the MCG.

Richmond and West Coast have already booked their spots in the preliminary finals.

Geelong and Sydney were knocked out after losing their respective elimination finals.

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