Eddie McGuire: Interstate AFL clubs and players can 'get over it'

Collingwood president Eddie McGuire has dismissed the notion Victorian AFL clubs are treated better than their interstate counterparts, telling those who are unhappy to "get over it."

The comment comes just days after Port Adelaide duo Tom Rockliff and Travis Boak questioned how powerhouse Victorian clubs, such as Collingwood and Richmond, rarely leave their home state.

In 2019, the Tigers played outside the Melbourne Cricket Ground just once in their final 10 games, en route to the club's second premiership in three years, while the Magpies enjoyed 19 of its 24 games in Melbourne.

"It is what it is, and if they get a head up about it well so be it. It's not going to change," McGuire told SEN. "That's just the way it is. Get over that."

He added: "What happens is people come in [and] they don't understand the history. They don't know the contracts, it's blissful naivety and they say stupid things. It's quite simple, we play at the MCG and at Marvel Stadium, we play 11 home games, the same as they do."

McGuire also believes the Melbourne-based clubs have less of a home-ground advantage, given nine teams share just two venues.

"They (interstate clubs) have 10 games every year where they have absolute home ground advantage and they have two that are neutral, so they have 12 games that are neutral or home ground advantage," McGuire said. "We play probably three or two games at the MCG a year that are actually really our home ground.

"We're either playing Richmond, Hawthorn, Essendon, Carlton, or Melbourne who all play there, or the teams that play at Marvel who play a lot of games at the MCG or are desperate to... I can only remember a couple of years ago that they were all screaming that they didn't get access to the MCG, I mean you can't have it all your way."