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FFA condemn homophobic WSW fan derby tifo

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 19/02/2017 Emma Kemp

Football Federation Australia has roundly condemned a homophobic banner brandished by Western Sydney fans during Saturday night's A-League Sydney derby and foreshadowed punishment for those involved.

An offensive tifo mimicking a blue-faced man giving oral sex was put up in the Wanderers' support area at ANZ Stadium during Sydney FC's 1-0 loss.

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.

A-League chief Greg O'Rourke was swift in making his disgust clear on Sunday.

"FFA is aware of the unauthorised and totally unacceptable banner that was displayed in the Western Sydney Wanderers area during Saturday night's Sydney derby at ANZ Stadium," O'Rourke said in a statement.

"The discriminatory nature of the tifo has no place in society and will not be tolerated in the A-League.

"We are working with the club and currently gathering as much information as possible and will deal with the matter when we have all available facts including CCTV footage."

The Wanderers have been approached for comment.

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