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Wanderers 'bloc' fans in provocative video

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 15/07/2016 Ben McKay

Australia's most controversial fan group, the Western Sydney Wanderers-supporting Red and Black Bloc, have taken aim at their A-League enemies in a provocative video clip.

The RBB targets five figures - sports columnist Rebecca Wilson, talkback radio hosts Alan Jones and Ray Hadley, FFA chief executive David Gallop and departing A-League chief Damien de Bohun - by donning and later burning masks of their faces in the clip.

The spiteful recording, uploaded to the RBB's YouTube account on Thursday, aims to promote RBB merchandise ahead of the upcoming season.

The video shows the men drinking and vandalising a derelict building while in RBB-branded clothing.

It concludes with a note thanking the "suits and `celebrities'" mentioned above, before their images are placed in a bucket and set alight.

The RBB has repeatedly clashed with FFA and A-League authorities over issues of fan behaviour, safety and security.

An article by Wilson in November last year brought those issues to a head, when she revealed the names and faces of many of the 198 football fans who had been banned from football stadia.

Wilson, who received death threats in the ugly wake of the article's publication, has repeatedly taken aim at behavioural issues among hardcore football fans.

That brouhaha led to a fan boycott until peace talks between A-League chiefs and fan groups, including the RBB, brokered the return of active supporter groups to the stands.

Jones and Hadley have caught the ire of football fans for airing disparaging references to them on their programs.

In an interview with Wilson about her article last November, Jones compared hardcore football fans to terrorists.

It is understood people featured in the video, who do not disclose their identities, could be banned fans.

Adidas shoes are also oddly prominent in the clip, despite the club being sponsored by rival brand Nike.

Both the Wanderers and FFA have declined to comment.

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