The Gold Coast Suns and Port Adelaide Power will take their next clash to China.
The Gold Coast Suns and Port Adelaide Power will take their next clash to China. STEVE HIGHT

Power could be left seeing red in first China clash

AFL: Port Adelaide and Gold Coast could be facing a diplomatic battle before they even face off in the first ever AFL regular-season game in China.

To be played in May at Shanghai's Jiangwan Stadium the match has the Suns listed as the 'home' team, and therefore allowed to wear their home uniform which is red and yellow.

It is believed the Power, which organised the game, would rather the Suns not wear China's national colours, though has stated it's "not too fussed either way”.

"They are certainly pushing for it (red and yellow). It's going to be a decision for the AFL to make,” Port Adelaide chief executive Keith Thomas told the Adelaide Advertiser.

Thomas added that the round-eight game "is much more significant than that small issue”.

"Right now we're focused on getting the stadium right and making sure there's going to be a great experience for everyone who goes there,” he said.

The match comes after more than two years of work by Port Adelaide in conjunction with the AFL and SA Government to take a game to China, after the Power struck a broadcast rights deal to show AFL football in the country last season.



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