Gold Coast Suns players make their way from the ground.
Gold Coast Suns players make their way from the ground. JULIAN SMITH

Power president digs in over Suns jumper row

AFL: Port Adelaide president David Koch is insistent that he will not have Gold Coast partner the Power in China again if the Suns wear their red-and-gold jumper at Shanghai on May 14.

And Koch is now demanding the AFL intervene, recognising the fight over jumpers is tainting the build-up to the historic match in China.

On Radio FIVEaa Koch repeated his threat to cut the Suns out of the China adventure if Gold Coast does not get out of its home jumper that carries the colour of the Chinese flag. He said he had other AFL clubs "lining up" to replace the Suns.

"The AFL is going to have to rule on it because it is distracting on the absolute historic event this China game is all about," Koch said.

The AFL has repeatedly refused to enter the debate saying the league has Gold Coast listed as the home team in China - and the Suns have the right to wear their home jumper.

Koch said that rule was superseded by a contract between the two clubs. Gold Coast said there was no such written agreement.

Koch added Port Adelaide had paid Gold Coast $500,000 to take its home game from Metricon Stadium to Shanghai and "we have bought all rights to this game as if we are the home club".

"We bought all home club commercial and otherwise rights for this game," Koch said.

"It is as simple as that.

"The AFL is going to have to rule on that.

"Gold Coast is playing silly buggers ... and we are the club that is leading the AFL into China. We have bought this game - and paid good money for it. We are the ones who are committed for the next sort of 10 years to play a game in China each year. We had a number of other clubs that wanted to play us this year and there is no shortage of clubs that want to leverage our work in China.

"As I have said to (Gold Coast chairman) Tony Cochrane, if you wear the red-and-gold jumper it will be the last time we will play you in China. It is up to you.

"It is for the AFL to make a decision - and we will abide by it."

Port Adelaide needs to buy a game from a rival AFL club to play in China as the state government-AFL agreement at Adelaide Oval forbids either the Crows or Power from moving any of their home games from the venue.

News Corp Australia

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