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Collingwood title Korda as new president

Collingwood have appointed Mark Korda as president, changing Eddie McGuire who stop after a report discovered systemic racism on the AFL membership.

Korda had been appearing as co-president with fellow director Peter Murphy since McGuire resigned on February 9.

“I tackle this position with the sturdy perception that now we have … a beautiful legacy, a power and spirit with which we should search to do and be higher,” Korda mentioned in an announcement on Wednesday evening.

“We now have challenges however nice individuals and keenness to satisfy them.”

McGuire stop the presidency, which he held since 1998, after a report titled Do Higher, into claims of racism on the membership from ex-players together with Heritier Lumbumba.

The report highlighted systemic issues with the membership’s processes in reacting to incidents of racism.

McGuire was underneath intense strain to stop when the report was leaked to the media on February 1.

The high-profile commentator and tv identification initially refused to step down.

An open letter calling on the membership to sack McGuire circulated, signed by senior Indigenous figures amongst others.

McGuire, who had been as a result of relinquish the presidency on the finish of this 12 months, initially claimed the report’s launch was “a proud day” for the Magpies.

The 56-year-old later conceded his wording was inappropriate however was defiant to the top, praising Collingwood’s assist for Indigenous Australians and emphasising the report mirrored the membership’s dedication to bettering.

“Because of this I say we’re not a racist membership. Removed from it,” McGuire mentioned when resigning on February 9.

“The report says, ‘That the Collingwood Soccer Membership commissioned an unbiased assessment of its technique of coping with racism displays the realisation inside the membership that one thing basic wants to vary.

“It must be famous and underlined that in endeavor this assessment, the membership was unflinching in holding a mirror to itself.

“It was a courageous first step that few would have the braveness to take and exhibits the seriousness with which the membership takes this difficulty’.”

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