Gold Coast Suns players walk from the field after their round-five clash with the Adelaide Crows.
Gold Coast Suns players walk from the field after their round-five clash with the Adelaide Crows. DAVE HUNT

Suns glad China dispute resolved with Power

AFL: Gold Coast chief executive Mark Evans is pleased the Suns will wear their regular red-and-gold home guernsey when they play Port Adelaide in the historic AFL fixture in Shanghai in a fortnight.

The match will be the first played outside of Australia and New Zealand, and the Power was against the Suns wearing their home strip as the predominantly red jersey would make them fan favourites in China.

Port Adelaide chairman David Koch told Radio 5aa in February the Suns were playing "silly buggers" and if they didn't wear something other than their home strip he threatened they wouldn't be invited to future games in China.

Evans was surprised by Port's reaction to the whole affair but is happy it has been resolved well ahead of their clash on May 14.

"We were always of the belief we would wear our home guernsey or our away jersey as it's of the same colouring," Evans said.

"We're pleased after all that it has been confirmed.

"I've spoken to (Port Adelaide chief executive) Keith Thomas and he needs to pass on to all the people at his club that we're committed to make this a great event ... then work out with the AFL for plans beyond this year."

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