The AFL is taking the game to China, but it's not without its controversy.
The AFL is taking the game to China, but it's not without its controversy.

David Koch left seeing red over China clash with Suns

AFL: Port Adelaide president David Koch has been rebuffed by the Gold Coast Suns over the guernsey row surrounding the teams' visit to China.

The Power and Suns will clash in Round 8 at Shanghai's Jiangwan Sports Centre as part of Port Adelaide's push into the emerging global superpower.

But Koch has been angered by the decision which will see Gold Coast wearing its red and yellow home guernsey - the national colours of China - while the Power, who are looking to build a fanbase in the nation, will be in black.

Port Adelaide, unable to get out of its Adelaide Oval contract to play a home game in Shanghai, paid the Suns $500,000 so they would host the match instead.

But Koch told 5AA it was "in our contract that they will play their away strip."

"I've said this quite clearly from the start - if you want this to be only a one-year project for you, then you wear your home strip.

"If you want to be our partner for a number of years ... well then you'll wear your away strip.

"It's not an ultimatum, it's just very clear where we're coming from. We're paying you half-a-million dollars to buy your home game."

 

The Gold Coast Suns and Port Adelaide Power clash in the final round last season.
The Gold Coast Suns and Port Adelaide Power clash in the final round last season. STEVE HIGHT

The AFL's only statement on the dispute has come through league executive Travis Auld who has repeatedly stated that Gold Coast is the home team for the match.

Gold Coast chairman Tony Cochrane told The Advertiser there was no written agreement regarding which teams would wear the respective guernseys.

Cochrane didn't back down from Koch's threat to have Gold Coast never again invited to China either, stating "the AFL - not Koch - has full responsibility for the league calendar."

Gold Coast also argued it has brought cache to the match commercially. Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Steven Ciobo was at the AFL's announcement in Shanghai that Tourism Australia would finance the game. Ciobo is the federal member for Moncrieff, an electorate on the Gold Coast.

"We've used our marketing power too, particularly when China ranks at No. 1 in the Queensland tourism market," Cochrane told The Advertiser.

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