‘How old are you?’: Eddie McGuire burned in AFL spat with David Koch

Port Adelaide president David Koch says the AFL threatened to take points off the club if it wore its prison bar guernsey without approval as a long-running feud with Eddie McGuire and Collingwood rages on.

The Power have requested to wear their traditional black-and-white jumper for the Round 8 Showdown against cross-town rivals the Crows on May 8, but Collingwood is objecting as the strip clashes with theirs.

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Ex-Magpies boss McGuire has long been protective of Collingwood’s famous black-and-white jumper and he doesn’t want to see the South Australian club rock its prison bar look this season — a point he made forcefully last night when he said he was willing to “settle the dispute in the Federal Court”.

Koch blasted the AFL on Wednesday for failing to make a ruling on whether Port can wear its iconic strip against Adelaide, complaining about it being “ridiculous” to still be waiting for an answer.

The Sunrise host doubled down on radio on Thursday, saying he was “ropeable” with McGuire. When asked why his team wouldn’t just wear the prison bar guernsey, even without the AFL’s permission, and cop the consequences, Koch revealed it would hit Port Adelaide where it really hurts.

“It’ll cost me points. I did ask that,” Koch told FIVEaa.

“I said I’m happy to pay a fine just to bloody wear the thing and they said, ‘We’ll fine you and take points off you’.

“It would be four points for the game.”

McGuire engaged in a heated debate on live TV on Wednesday when he locked horns with Port champion Kane Cornes. McGuire said he was “sick” of justifying his objection to the prison bar guernsey, while Cornes questioned why he wasn’t willing to allow Port to celebrate its heritage.


Koch isn’t going down without a fight.Source:News Corp Australia

Speaking on the AFL Daily podcast, footy reporter and presenter Nat Edwards said the whole dispute was childish

“How old are you? Are you three and you haven’t learnt how to share yet?” Edwards said of McGuire and Collingwood. “It’s once a year. Honestly, it’s just so trivial to me that you wouldn’t let them wear it once a year in their Showdown.

“It’s not like we’re going to have Port Adelaide playing Collingwood in their prison bar guernsey and a massive jumper clash.”

AFL Daily co-host Damian Barrett added: “Who has given Collingwood the right to tell another club what it can and cannot wear?”

McGuire is no longer at the helm of Collingwood, standing down earlier this year after he was widely criticised for his response to the Do Better report, which accused the club of fostering “systemic racism”.

Mark Korda was recently installed as Collingwood’s new president and is standing in McGuire’s corner. He said the club’s decision to support Port Adelaide in wearing the prison bar guernsey in celebration of its 150th year in 2020 was strictly a one-off.

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

“We are surprised and disappointed that there is a renewed attempt to introduce the jumper to the competition on a permanent basis.”

“Particularly given what we believe to be an agreement that was reached between the two clubs a number of years ago.”

McGuire bleeds black and white.Source:News Corp Australia

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