Wanderers take stand after fans flare up
WESTERN Sydney's bid to crack down on the hooligan fringe in their active fans' group may not be enough to save the club from further punishment, with FFA reviewing further sanctions for the flares let off in the derby.
A-League boss Greg O'Rourke has sent the Wanderers a "show cause" letter over the two flares let off at Allianz Stadium on Sunday, with further consequences dependent on the club's response.
It comes just hours after the Wanderers cracked down hard on the RBB, closing their active area for Sunday's game against Perth and warning of an indefinite ban if there is any repeat.
The two flares were lit in the first 16 minutes of the match at Allianz Stadium after Oriol Riera opened the scoring for the Wanderers.
Sydney FC went on to win the match 3-1.
The Wanderers issued a statement on Tuesday saying investigations into who was responsible for lighting the flares were ongoing but action needed to be taken.
Wanderers CEO John Tsatsimas said the temporary ban was simply the club following through on a letter issued to members in July last year.
"The Western Sydney Wanderers Football Club has resolved to close down the active support area for the upcoming home match this weekend against Perth Glory," he said in a statement.
"The Wanderers maintains its position that it will not accept offensive behaviour being displayed at its matches and also will not accept the illegal use of incendiary devices.
"Unfortunately a small group have made this action unavoidable. Investigation into those directly responsible for the lighting of flares is continuing.
"Members who normally attend in the active area will be subject to alternative seating arrangements that will not be active on the day."
Tsatsimas said the support area would reopen for the Wellington Phoenix clash on March 10 but the club would not hesitate to close it down again for an 'indefinite period' if there were further breaches from supporters.
The letter issued to members by the Wanderers in July last year followed a litany of anti-social behaviour at Western Sydney A-league matches.
The FFA last year issued the club with a suspended points penalty whereby further indiscretions from supporters attending matches risked the deduction of competition points.