Port Adelaide are livid with the AFL’s decision to force the club to wear its clash strip despite being the home team in Sunday’s elimination final against Richmond.
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Port Adelaide are fuming after the AFL forced the club to wear its clash strip despite being the home team in Sunday’s elimination final against Richmond.
Port finished the home-and-away season in fifth position, earning itself the right to host a home final, but due to the Tigers not possessing a suitable clash strip, they will have to adopt theirs.
The AFL made the same decision back in round 18, where West Coast were forced to wear its white clash strip despite being the home side against Richmond.
Port Adelaide chief executive Keith Thomas said although the club are not happy with the decision, they had no choice but to accept it.
“We were first alerted to this by the AFL yesterday and we challenged this decision vigorously on behalf of our players and members,” Thomas said.
“Unfortunately we were told that the decision was final and there was no room for negotiation.”
Thomas expressed his dismay regarding the AFL’s decision, and said the club should have been allowed to wear its home strip for the first ever final played at the revamped Adelaide Oval.
“The bottom line is we finished fifth on the ladder and we won more games throughout the year than our direct opponent Richmond,” Mr Thomas said.
“We are therefore adamant that we should be able to wear our traditional black home strip and its incumbent on Richmond to wear a guernsey that doesn’t clash with ours.
“This is the first AFL final at the Adelaide Oval, it’s our home ground, it’s our home final and it doesn’t make any sense th