Soccer-Ban ‘horrendous’ Sydney fans for life: state official

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Football fans who gave Nazi salutes during the Australian Cup final in Sydney this weekend should be banned for life, a senior state government official said on Monday. Football Australia (FA) has vowed to take strong action in response to ‘anti-social behaviour’ by some fans in the crowd of 16,000 which saw Macarthur FC beat semi-professional side Sydney United 58 2-0 in Sydney Saturday.

New South Wales Premier Dominic Perrottet said the behavior of some fans at Western Sydney Stadium was “absolutely horrendous”. “It has no place, not just in sports games, but anywhere in our state, and I know the police are looking into it,” Perrottet told reporters.

“Those people who did this through these salutes should be banned for life.” Footage on social media showed Sydney United supporters giving Nazi salutes during the game, prompting condemnation from Australian Jewish groups.

Fans also chanted and booed during an Australian Indigenous welcome ceremony before kick-off. The FA said on Monday it had issued a “show cause notice” to Sydney United under its National Code of Conduct and Ethics.

Show cause notices are sent to clubs and players to allow them to respond to alleged breaches of conduct before potential sanctions are issued. “The club have also been separately asked to help identify individuals who have displayed anti-social and harmful behaviour,” the FA said in a statement.

Sydney United said on Sunday they had “zero tolerance” for any form of disrespect, racism or discrimination.

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