Wanderers condemn 'disrespectful' members
FOOTBALL: The Western Sydney Wanderers have broken their silence on the controversial banner that stole headlines during Saturday night's A-League derby against Sydney FC.
The club, which received a "show cause notice” from Football Federation Australia that needs to be responded to by tomorrow, have condemned the banner.
"Western Sydney Wanderers FC unequivocally states - and reinforces its position provided on Sunday after the match - that it does not in any capacity welcome, authorise or condone the display of imagery depicted in a banner on Saturday night,” the club said in a statement.
"It is an affront to many on a multitude of levels and is completely unacceptable.
"We are currently working with the venue, security and FFA to identify those involved. The club will continue to support the rights of our members and fans who display passionate support for this team in an appropriate, civil and respectful manner and we will not allow our members and club's reputation to be affected by the disrespectful actions of a few.
"As a club made up of the most diverse and inclusive cross-section of members and fans in Australian sport, we are committed to working with FFA and our stadiums to ensure our matches remain a positive family friendly environment.”
The banner, depicting a blue-faced man performing a sexual act, was put up in the Wanderers' support area at ANZ Stadium during the second half of the game, won 1-0 by the Wanderers.
It remained aloft in front of the 44,843-strong family friendly crowd for a number of minutes while security appeared to watch on before it was eventually taken down.