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Sport Port Chairman David Koch Calls Out Eddie McGuire Over Personal Insults

06:15  10 may  2021
06:15  10 may  2021 Source:   sportingnews.com

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David Koch has hit back at Eddie McGuire after the former Collingwood president accused the Port Adelaide chairman of "playing with fire" over the prison bar guernsey drama.

After the AFL threatened Port Adelaide with a four-point premiership fine if they wore the black and white jumper in the Showdown, Power players changed into the guernseys for the team song following the 49-point win over the Crows.

McGuire on Sunday appeared to call on the AFL to step in, accusing Port of breaching an agreement they'd signed not to sell the jumpers.

"The AFL may be saying nothing, but that is a direct poke in the eye to Gillon McLachlan and the AFL Commission," McGuire said.

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"They are playing with fire now Port Adelaide on this. They have signed an agreement that they would not manufacture any of those jumpers for merchandise. As we have seen in the crowd, they are starting to overplay their hand a little bit here.

"It’s moved out of Collingwood and Port Adelaide, now they are taking on city hall, who give them $7 million a year more than the Collingwood Football Club.

"That’s fire – David Koch is sticking his nose into the AFL territory now.

"It’s a big-sized nose, I hope he doesn’t get it broken."

On Monday, Koch said the personal insult was a sign McGuire was under pressure.

"As usual, he just makes stuff up again," Koch said on FiveAA

"Eddie's got form with this. He has this nasty streak when he's under a bit pressure, he comments about people's physical appearance and things.

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"I'm big enough and ugly enough, I know I've got a decent size honker, it's fine, but to make comments like that, I think it's uncalled for and as I say, he's got form in that area, it's a nasty streak when he gets under a bit of pressure when people don't say 'yes sir, no sir, three bags full sir'.

"He believes he can speak on behalf of the AFL and the AFL should be following exactly what he says.

"He has an enormous sense of self importance that he runs the game and he can tell the AFL what to do.

"It was a player decision to wear the guernsey in the song. It wasn't about Eddie, it wasn't about the AFL, it was about our fans, our members and the history of our club... that was all driven by the players and it's got nothing to do with anyone else, except ourselves and I think it's terrific."

Koch also refuted McGuire's claims regarding the manufacture of the prison bar strip.

Plenty of Port fans were wearing the guernsey while in the crowd on Saturday night, but Koch said the club hadn't breached any agreement.

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"We were able to produce those last year, with the permission of the AFL in terms of our 150th anniversary," He added.

"Our SANFL team plays in the prison bar guernsey every single weekend and we retail them as our SANFL guernsey, so it's completely above board."

He also responded to McGuire's claim about AFL funding, accusing the Fox presenter of fabricating the number.

"As for the $7 million, I have no idea where that comes from," Koch said.

"AFL funding is that we all get the same amount and then clubs get variable funding to make for equality throughout the competition to make up for some clubs not having marquee games and time slots and all that sort of stuff.

"Ours is about $3 million, not the $7 million at all. He just makes stuff up, it gets a bit embarrassing at times."

Koch finished by saying he hadn't had any feedback from the AFL and would find it "strange" if the players or the club was sanctioned over the move.

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