David Koch’s blunt ‘Donald Trump’ sledge in Eddie McGuire feud

Port Adelaide president David Koch has likened former Collingwood boss Eddie McGuire to Donald Trump as the AFL’s bitter guernsey feud takes another ugly turn.

The Power requested to wear their traditional black-and-white prison bar jumper for next weekend’s Showdown against cross-town rivals the Adelaide Crows, but Collingwood objected as the strip clashes with their own black and white jumper.

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The AFL bluntly rejected Port’s request in a statement on Thursday evening: “After reviewing the request from the Port Adelaide Football Club, the AFL determined the existing signed agreements between the Port Adelaide Football Club, Collingwood and the AFL on the use of the “prison bar” guernsey would remain in place.”

Koch claimed the AFL also threatened to dock premiership points if the club donned the prison-bar jumper in the round eight match without approval.

David Koch, Port Adelaide chairman.Source:News Corp Australia

McGuire has long been protective of Collingwood’s famous jumper and he doesn’t want to see the South Australian club rock its prison bar look this season.

Speaking on Channel 9’s Footy Classified, McGuire made the incendiary suggestion that the two clubs should settle the dispute in the Federal Court of Australia.

“I’m sick of it. I think it needs to go to court and be arbitrated on,” McGuire said on Wednesday evening.

“Beyond the AFL. Get it stamped one way or the other. It is quite dangerous what they’re doing.

“I’ve said yes every time when Port Adelaide have asked to wear the jumper when there was a half-decent reason, but to play it twice (per year), you’ve got to be kidding.

“Fair dinkum. It is ridiculous.”

The Power were given special permission to wear their black-and-white striped guernsey against Adelaide last season as part of their 150th year anniversary celebrations.

Speaking on Channel 7’s Sunrise, Koch laughed off McGuire’s threat to take the matter to court.

“We’re disappointed with the results,” Koch said on Friday morning. “The AFL is a governing body. We accept the decision, as we always have to.

“Eddie regularly threatens to take people to court to try and intimidate you. He’s full of hot air, it’s like dealing with Donald Trump. He just makes stuff up, it’s ridiculous.

“We’re focused on getting the four points this weekend up at the Gabba against Brisbane, which will be a cracking game on Saturday night.”

On Footy Classified, former AFL star Kane Cornes presented a document signed by both Port Adelaide and Collingwood representatives, including McGuire, which gave the Power rights to wear the Prison Bar guernsey in Heritage Round — an event that has since ceased.

McGuire appeared to suggest he signed the 2007 document knowing Heritage Round would soon cease, claiming “everyone knew” it wouldn’t continue long-term.

McGuire’s successor, new Collingwood president Mark Korda, hit out at Port Adelaide and Koch on Wednesday evening.

“There is a place for only one black and white striped jumper in the AFL, the iconic Collingwood jumper,” Korda said.

“In the spirit of AFL collegiality and in recognition of Port Adelaide’s rich South Australian history Collingwood supported the AFL’s decision to allow Port Adelaide to wear a black and white striped jumper in 2020, Port Adelaide 150th year.

“We are surprised and disappointed there is a renewed attempt to introduce the jumper to the competition on a permanent basis, particularly given what we believe to be in agreement was reached between the two clubs a number of years ago.”

— with foxsports.com.au

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