The AFL has brushed Port Adelaide’s desperate pleas to wear their ‘prison bars’ jumper in next week’s Showdown.

The AFL has dismissed Port Adelaide’s desperate pleas to wear their iconic black-and-white, striped ‘prison bars’ guernsey in next week’s Showdown with the Adelaide Crows.

Port Adelaide chairman David Koch this week renewed the club’s push to don the jumper in the Power’s derby games against the Crows, slamming the AFL’s indecision as “ridiculous” and “totally disrespectful”.

Port Adelaide and Collingwood have long been engaged in a bitter war over the fiasco as the Magpies claim the jumper is too similar to their black-and-white, striped guernsey.

“The AFL confirms it has not approved the request for Port Adelaide to wear a black-and-white, striped ‘prison bars’ guernsey for the Round Eight match versus the Adelaide Crows next week,” the AFL said in a statement.

“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 bars’ guernsey would remain in place.”

Former Collingwood president Eddie McGuire has repeatedly stressed that a contract signed by the Magpies, Port Adelaide and the AFL meant the Power weren’t allowed to wear the jumper.

But Koch has a dramatically different perspective, believing Port Adelaide, Collingwood and the AFL signed an agreement in 2007 confirming that the Power could wear the ‘prison bars’ guernsey once a year, in all home Heritage Round games, except against the Magpies.

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