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Wanderers ban 14 fans for offensive banner at A-League match

February 22, 2017

SYDNEY (AP) — The Western Sydney Wanderers will ban 14 members of the club’s official supporter group for 18 months for their involvement in the display of an offensive banner during the A-League win over Sydney FC last weekend.

The Wanderers issued a statement on Wednesday, four days after the match, saying some key leaders of the Red and Black Block were among those caught on closed circuit TV concealing, assembling and displaying the homophobic banner.

The club said those banned must complete a registered social inclusion program before they’re admitted to Wanderers matches at any level.

“This incident involved key leaders of the RBB who have shown no remorse ... and have continued to flaunt their disdain for the club and our diverse and inclusive membership further on social media,” Wanderers chief executive John Tsatsimas said. “As a club we have had enough ... we must remove all those who see themselves as bigger than the club they support.”

Football Federation Australia is investigating and further sanctions remain a possibility.

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