David Koch and Eddie McGuire set for ‘federal court’ showdown over jumper war

Eddie McGuire has suggested he and David Koch should go to the Federal Court to settle their dispute surrounding the jumper worn by Port Adelaide in the AFL.

Koch, the president of the Port Adelaide Football Club, earlier on Wednesday gave the AFL a public bake with the league still yet to give a ruling on the Power’s request to wear the traditional black-and-white prison bar guernsey for the Round 8 Showdown against the Crows.

The Power have previously worn the historic guernsey and went to the AFL asking if it could be worn in 2021 for the club’s two matches against their cross-town rivals.

The issue has sparked a war between Port Adelaide and Collingwood with former Magpies president McGuire refusing to budge on his view that only Collingwood should be allowed to wear a jumper with black and white stripes.

According to Koch, Port Adelaide is yet to hear from league headquarters as to whether they will be allowed to wear it against Adelaide on May 8.

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David Koch, Port Adelaide chairman, wearing the clubs black and white striped guernseySource:News Corp Australia

The bitter war of words took another turn on Wednesday night when McGuire and former Port Adelaide Power star Kane Cornes lost their tempers when arguing about the issue.

Cornes presented a document that he claimed was a copy of the original terms of agreement signed by Port Adelaide and Collingwood officials, including McGuire, when Port Adelaide first requested to wear a black and white stripe jumper in 2007.

Cornes said the document shows Collingwood agreed to allow Port Adelaide to wear the black and white colours every year during the annual Heritage Round fixtures — a concept that has since been discontinued.

McGuire told Channel 9’s Footy Classified he was a co-author of the document but remained adamant that the club has never given its permission for Port Adelaide to use a black and white jumper as a playing strip or as a merchandise item.

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He said Port Adelaide had shown “disrespect” to his former team and had forfeited any link to the black and white stripes when they entered the AFL as the Power with black, white and teal colours and moved to distance themselves from the Port Adelaide Magpies in the SANFL.

“I’m not asking for your opinion. I’m giving you mine. Port Adelaide, back when you were playing, were running away from the Magpies as quickly as possible,” McGuire said in the heated exchange with Cornes.

“Port Adelaide tried to break away — I won’t say “Rat”. I won’t say they were “Judas”

to the South Australian National Football League.

The document presented by Kane Cornes on Channel 9’s Footy Classified.Source:Supplied

“When they came into the competition, they couldn’t get any supporters. They realised teal was going to be their colour.”

It came after Cornes repeatedly pressed 56-year-old on why he is not prepared to allow Port Adelaide to wear the jumper for the Showdown games, but was for the Heritage Round.

“Answer my question first,” Cornes barked.

“Why you were comfortable with Port Adelaide wearing it once a year in 2007 and now you’re strongly against it?

“This is celebrating South Australian football and it’s important to the (Port Adelaide) fans.

“It is the equivalent of celebrating South Australian football. It is in South Australia. Not involving Collingwood. Collingwood fans don’t care.”

When it became clear during the debate that there is no hope for a peace deal being negotiated, McGuire made the incendiary suggestion that the two clubs should settle the dispute in the Federal Court of Australia, while the AFL continues to stay silent on the issue.

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

Eddie McGuire and Port Adelaide President David Koch speak at The Importance of Leadership Business Networking Lunch.Source:Getty Images

“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,” he said.

“Fair dinkum. It is ridiculous.”

Collingwood president Mark Korda, the man who replace McGuire, also released a statement on Wednesday night refusing to back down.

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

He said the club’s decision to support Port Adelaide in wearing the prison bars guernsey in the club’s celebration of its 150th year last year was strictly a one-off.

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

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

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