GEELONG, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 12: Eddie McGuire looks on during the round two AFL match between the Geelong Cats and the Fremantle Dockers at Simonds Stadium on April 12, 2015 in Geelong, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Collingwood president Eddie McGuire has released a statement regarding the drugs scandal engulfing the club.

“Now that everyone has had a couple of days of running around with this, hopefully we can take a deep breath and deal with what this is all about. Collingwood has been thrown right under the bus here,” McGuire said in a statement released to the Sunday Footy Show.

“This testing is designed to stop people getting into further trouble with experimenting or taking drugs. It is for statistical purposes.

“It would be like taking a breathalyser to a workplace the morning after a Christmas party and saying everyone is an alcoholic.

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“What I would really like to have come out of this is some community leadership, and maybe for the AFLPA and AFL to realise that the people best placed to deal with this are the clubs.”

Collingwood became the centre of an illicit drugs scandal on Thursday night after the Herald Sun reported that 11 players from the Pies tested positive to illicit drugs during the off-season.