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Koch defends Power youngster

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Port Adelaide chairman David Koch has staunchly defended midfielder Sam Powell-Pepper as the fallout from the AFL’s investigation into his action continues.

The head body said on Wednesday morning the 20-year-old’s conduct was “inappropriate behaviour that is unbecoming for an AFL player” after an alleged incident on April 8, with the ultimate penalty being his suspension from AFL action until Round 7.

Koch told Afternoons on Thursday that Powell-Pepper’s reputation had to be protected.

“In terms of the whole process, there has to be a balance between the clubs and the AFL,” he said.

“With some of the media commentary, especially in Adelaide, it ran the risk of changing the interpretation right from the start and I don’t think that has been helpful.”

The Port Adelaide chairman made clear that while the club wasn’t defending Powell-Pepper, it was important to clarify the wording around his actions.

“There’s absolutely no excuses for what he did,” Koch said.

“But there’s a massive leap from his actions to sexual or indecent assault.

“In the overall scheme of things, when you take into account a kid’s reputation and the mental health side of things, an extra week (suspension) is neither here nor there.

“There were bigger issues to take into account when accepting the three-week ban.”

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