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Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley

COLLINGWOOD coach Nathan Buckley wants answers sooner rather than later in relation to performance-enhancing drug use, to avoid damage to the reputation of the game.

Speaking to the media on Tuesday, Buckley said there was no place for drug cheats in football, and admitted his frustration at how "vague" the findings from last week's Australian Crime Commission's report were.

"I want answers," Buckley said.

"We don't want cheats to be encouraged, we don't want it to be allowed.

"If it exists, then it needs to be dealt with and as promptly as possible."

The ACC announced last Thursday that a widespread problem with performance-enhancing drug use existed across multiple Australian sporting codes.

But on Sunday, AFL deputy CEO Gillon McLachlan revealed that only Essendon and one player from one other club in the AFL were being investigated by the ACC, the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority and the League.

Buckley said making sweeping allegations and statements muddied the names of the majority of players in the competition, who were clean.

"I think all of us have seen it watered down in the past week or so, to the point where there's an element of frustration," he said.

"If you're going to make those claims, be specific about them, because you have tarnished the sport and you have brought individuals of great quality and reputation into disrepute.

"That's not good for the code and we need to fix it."

He said he believed clubs should receive as much information as possible so they could make informed decisions when dealing with the issue.

Buckley revealed Collingwood had a detailed log of all supplements, including protein and carbohydrates, given to players dating back to 2002.

The Pies coach said that sports science director David Buttifant oversaw the supplement program.

Buckley stressed Collingwood had no reason to believe one of its players had been mentioned in the ACC report alongside Essendon.

He also expressed sympathy for friend and embattled Bombers coach, James Hird.

"I can't imagine how he would feel and the position that he's in.

"But leadership can be tough and I'm sure, with his qualities, he'll navigate the club through it."

Ben Guthrie is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter- @AFL_BenGuthrie