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Crows barred from wearing state jumper

Mark Ricciuto of South Australia in action during the 1997 AFL State of Origin match between South Australia and Victoria at Football Park in Adelaide.
Mark Ricciuto, pictured playing for his state in 1997, wasn't keen on the Crows wearing the SA jumper
ADELAIDE won't wear a state-themed jumper against Port Adelaide at Adelaide Oval in round two after the SANFL rescinded its permission for the club to do so.
 
The Crows announced on Wednesday that they would wear the strip against the Power on March 29, claiming the design had been approved by both the SANFL and the AFL.
 
But on Thursday, amid substantial backlash from fans and former players, the SANFL's CEO Leigh Whicker said the league's permission to wear the strip had been withdrawn.
 
"In the best interests of everyone and particularly the occasion that we're going to be celebrating on the 29th of March the Adelaide Football Club won't be wearing the jumper and we'll formally withdraw our approval," Whicker told radio station 3AW.
 
"That's been done.
 
"[The Crows] wear the state colours and have worn the state colours since day one, but the guernsey itself, the state guernsey, is something that every player that has worn it treasures the uniqueness about it."
 
In a statement released late on Thursday, Adelaide CEO Steven Trigg said the club was disappointed by the SANFL's decision but respected it.
 
"We view this as a lost opportunity to celebrate our origins with our loyal supporter group," Trigg said.

"Our disappointment will no doubt be shared by the many faithful Crows fans excited about the 2014 season.

"We respect the SANFL's decision as the owner of the intellectual property, and while we share the disappointment of our loyal fans, this is a decision deserving of respect."
 
The SANFL's backflip came after considerable outrage from South Australian football fans and greats.
 
Port Adelaide chairman David Koch described the original decision to allow the jumper to be worn as "mind-bogglingly dumb", while former Crows greats Tyson Edwards and Mark Ricciuto both spoke out about the design.
 
Now the Power's forward line coach, Edwards told AFL.com.au his former club never had the right to wear it.
 
"Now that I'm with Port I don't know whether I'm more biased towards the Power or whether I'm more balanced … it (Adelaide's desire to wear the jumper) does confuse me," Edwards said.
 
"It's a state jumper, not necessarily something that the Crows own … I don't think you'd ever see Carlton or Essendon wearing a "Big V" jumper."