Western Sydney Wanderers supporter banned for Nazi salute

Western Sydney Wanderers supporter banned for Nazi salute
  • PublishedMay 14, 2024

A prominent Western Sydney Wanderers supporter who was captured on camera performing a Nazi salute at an A-League Men game has received a two-year ban from Football Australia (FA).

Network Ten’s broadcast coverage showed vision of the fan performing the gesture at the end of last month’s Sydney derby at the Sydney Football Stadium. 

In the footage, the man raises his middle finger towards the camera before quickly making the apparent salute. 

New laws brought in during 2022 make the gesture illegal in New South Wales, with a maximum jail term of 12 months. 

NSW Police said on Monday it was investigating the incident and has yet to make any arrests, but FA has slapped the supporter with a two-year ban. 

“As the governing body of football in Australia, we hold a firm stance against any form of racist and/or anti-social behaviour,” FA said in a statement. 

“The actions of this individual not only breached the A-League terms of admission and our spectator code of behaviour but fundamentally contradicted the values of respect and inclusivity that Football Australia stands for.

“In response, Football Australia has issued a two-year ban on this spectator, effective immediately. 

“This ban encompasses all matches sanctioned by Football Australia, including national team matches, Australia Cup matches, A-Leagues matches, National Second Tier matches, and National Premier League matches. 

“We are committed to ensuring that football remains a sport that unites communities and offers a safe and respectful environment for all.”  

FA issued lifetime bans for the use of the Nazi salute following the 2022 Australia Cup final between Sydney United 58 and Macarthur

Three Sydney United supporters appeared in court last month charged with performing the gesture, each pleading not guilty.


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