The verbal sparring between Eddie McGuire and David Koch hasn’t ceased despite the AFL’s prison bars ruling.
The verbal sparring match between Eddie McGuire and David Koch has refused to cease, with the ex-Pies president labelling the Port chairman a “smart arse”.
Koch kicked off the now annual prison bar debate between Port Adelaide and Collingwood yesterday when he took aim at the AFL for its indecision on the matter, before the league ruled in Collingwood’s favour less than 24 hours later.
The Port chairman said he was left “absolutely ropeable” when McGuire seemed to state that he signed an agreement in 2007 for the Power to wear the heritage jersey during the AFL’s heritage round while knowing that the heritage round would be discarded.
However, McGuire took to Adelaide radio to hit back at Koch’s latest claims, suggesting that the Power were trying to emulate Collingwood.
“Kochie is being a little bit of a smart alec in this sort of stuff – he knows that when Port Adelaide came in, part of the reason they came in and had to wear the teal and be called Port Power and all that sort of stuff was because there were trademarks already in place,” he told FIVEaa’s Rowey’s Sports Show.
“You don’t need to have a contract to say you can’t have this because it’s assumed as you come in that’s what happens.
“Legally it’s all done, morally we’ve always said yes on occasions and all Kochie is trying to do now is be a smart arse. He’s trying to look more like Collingwood and I would too, except we’re already there.”
Koch claims Port Adelaide were “hoodwinked” by the 2007 agreement between the two clubs and the AFL, adding that former CEO John James, who also signed the contract, had “no idea” that the heritage round would be discontinued.
“We had no knowledge of that and that is a reflection of this VFL Melbourne market that pat the interstate clubs on the head and pay them a bit of attention but say: ‘Get away this is our game’,” he said.
“They’ve got to understand there’s no ‘V’ in AFL anymore and every club has got to be respected and treated the same. In my finance world, that would be called ‘insider trading’.
“So this agreement was signed by a president of a club who had inside knowledge that the other parties were not aware of – it begs the question whether the AFL were aware of it – and completely against the spirit of the undertaking.
“That just infuriates me more after that comment last night. I’m absolutely ropeable that we could be hoodwinked like this.
“What we’re saying is Showdowns are South Australia’s football heritage round. If you were happy for us to wear it in a round of heritage significance every year back in 2007, we’re just complying with the agreement.”