Port Adelaide president David Koch says his club will seek legal compensation from Essendon and says the other 17 clubs urged the Bombers to do a deal.
“I don’t think I’d be speaking out of school to say that 17 other clubs wanted Essendon to do a deal. And get on with it. Put it behind them, accept their guilt, for the good of the game and the good of all our reputations,” Koch said on Channel Seven on Tuesday night.
“Basically, you had a club and a group of players who took a different view, and there was nothing the other clubs or the AFL could do about it.
“As we look at this issue in retrospect, I think that’s what we need to look at as an industry. To say, if you have, for want of a better description, a rogue club, that goes against what the majority of the other clubs think is for the good of the game and the code, then there should be a mechanism that they come into line with the rest of the industry.”
The Power president also said that the club will most likely seek compensation from the Bombers, with two of the club’s current players (Angus Monfries and Paddy Ryder) now suspended for the 2016 season due to their involvement in the Essendon supplements program of 2012.
“We have a view that we were hoodwinked by this and we didn’t know the system that was in place in Essendon,” he said.
“Certainly it’s been suggested that we would seek compensation from Essendon. That is on the board agenda at the Port Adelaide Football Club.”