FFA blasts Wanderers’ fans for homophobic banner
LAST UPDATED // Monday, 20 February 2017 11:44 Written by // Cec Busby
The Wanderers are likely to be sanctioned by the FFA after fans unfurled a homophobic banner to the 44,000 strong crowd at the Sydney vs Wanderers match at ANZ Stadium on the weekend.
The banner, which was displayed for several minutes, depicted a man’s head engaging in fellatio.
It was described by the FFA as totally unacceptable, homophobic and unsuitable for a family crowd.
It is being reported that security staff appeared to notice the banner being waved aloft but did nothing to remove it for several minutes.
A-League chief Greg O'Rourke said the FFA is aware of the “unauthorised and totally unacceptable” banner that was displayed in the Western Sydney Wanderers area during Saturday night's Sydney derby at ANZ Stadium.
"The discriminatory nature of the tifo has no place in society and will not be tolerated in the A-League.
"We are working with the club and currently gathering as much information as possible and will deal with the matter when we have all available facts including CCTV footage."
Wanderers cheif executive officer John Tsatsimas said the clube was working with the FFA to resolve the issue.
"Due to the inappropriate nature of the item it was swiftly removed by our supporter management team and disposed of," Tsatsimas said in a statement.
"As a club made up of the most diverse and inclusive cross-section of members and fans in Australian sport, we do not condone the imagery depicted in the banner."