'Nasty streak': Kochie responds to McGuire's 'broken nose' comment

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Port Adelaide chairman David Koch has accused Eddie McGuire of having a 'nasty' habit of attacking the appearance of people he doesn't like. Picture: Twitter/David Koch
Port Adelaide chairman David Koch has accused Eddie McGuire of having a 'nasty' habit of attacking the appearance of people he doesn't like. Picture: Twitter/David Koch

The ongoing back and forth between Port Adelaide club David Koch and former Collingwood counterpart Eddie McGuire has taken yet another turn.

Koch, speaking on Adelaide radio station FiveAA on Monday morning, said McGuire had a 'nasty streak' of commenting on people's appearance when challenged by them.

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His interview on Monday came after a controversial sequence of events over the weekend culminated in McGuire suggesting Koch risked having his 'big' nose 'broken' after Port Adelaide donned their 'prison bar' jumpers in the rooms last weekend.

The jumpers have long been a bone of contention between McGuire and Koch, with the former arguing Port Adelaide should not be allowed to wear them due to their similarity to Collingwood's black and white jumpers.

After they were prohibited from wearing the design during last weekend's Showdown match against Adelaide, the Power donned their historic jumpers in the rooms afterwards - sparking McGuire's irate response.

“They‘re playing with fire now Port Adelaide." McGuire said.

"David Koch is sticking his nose into the AFL territory now - it‘s a big size nose, I hope he doesn’t get it broken.”

Addressing the comments on FiveAA, Koch joked that he was well aware he was 'no oil painting' and suggested McGuire was overestimating his influence over the league at large.

McGuire returned to his media duties in March, after his controversial departure from Collingwood in the wake of the 'Do Better' report which exposed decades of systemic racism within the club.

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“He has this nasty streak when he is under a bit of pressure he comments on people’s physical appearance," Koch said.

“I’m big enough and ugly enough and I know I have a decent size honker. It’s fine but to make comments like that I think it is uncalled for, he has form in that area which I think is a nasty streak.

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

“He has this enormous sense of self-importance that he runs the game and he can tell the AFL what to do.”

“As is usual he just makes stuff up again and some of it, Einstein knows I’m no oil painting but Eddie has form.”

Port Adelaide 'prison bar' AFL controversy continues

Port Adelaide's leaders deny sending a provocative signal to the AFL by wearing their banned prison bars jumper while celebrating victory.

The AFL banned Port from wearing the club's historic black and white jumper, known as the prison bars guernsey, in Saturday night's Showdown against Adelaide.

But after downing the Crows by 49 points, Port players changed into the prison bars jumper before singing their club song in celebration.

Power coach Ken Hinkley denied the move was sending a signal to the AFL.

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"No, it's a show of respect for our heritage for our past and for our great people that played in it, for our people who turn up .. and represent this footy club," Hinkley said.

"We started as Port Adelaide and we still are.

"And part of that journey is this amazing jumper which the boys love, the club loves and everyone that supports this footy club loves.

"We had to wait until after the game but we will recognise it as often as we have to."

Port's former captain Travis Boak, who won the best-afield medal against the Crows for a third time in Showdown history, said the club would continue to fight to wear the jumper in games.

Port wanted to wear the jumper, which the club predominantly wore in the SANFL, in their two AFL games against home-town rivals Adelaide this season.

But the AFL refused, citing signed agreements between the Power, the league and also Collingwood, who argue Port's prison bars jumper infringes on their trademark black and white kit.

"This guernsey means so much to our community, to our footy club," Boak said.

"To sing the song in this guernsey is special and we were able to do that."

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