Sydney United fan banned for life after Nazi salute in Australian Cup final

A football fan who gave the Nazi salute during the Australian Cup final in Sydney has been banned for life from all games sanctioned by Football Australia (FA), the national governing body announced today. sport.

A had promised strong action in response to the behavior of some fans in the crowd of 16,000 who saw Macarthur FC beat semi-professional side Sydney United 58 2-0 on Saturday.

Footage on social media showed Sydney United supporters giving Nazi salutes during the game, prompting condemnation from Australian Jewish groups.

Some fans also chanted and booed during an Australian Indigenous welcome ceremony before kick-off.

“Football Australia has concluded an investigation into the conduct of an identified spectator present at the 2022 Australian Cup Final,” the FA said in a statement.

“The spectator in question was today banned for life from attending Football Australia sanctioned football matches, including all matches in the NPL, A-Leagues, Australian Cup and Premier League. national team. The ban takes effect immediately.”

The statement did not identify the banned individual.

The fan behavior drew condemnation from New South Wales premier Dominic Perrottet, who described it as “absolutely horrendous”.

The FA said it was working with law enforcement officials to try to identify other fans guilty of anti-social conduct during the game.

Darren Bark, chief executive of the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies, “cautiously” welcomed the ban.

“We look forward to further swift and serious penalties to be applied by Football Australia when these supporters are identified,” he said in a statement to the Australian Associated Press.

“This behavior was not just an affront to the Jewish community and the Indigenous community, but an affront to all Australians.”

Sydney United 58 was founded as Sydney Croatia in 1958. Some fans also sang songs associated with the far-right Ustashi movement in Croatia in the 1930s and 1940s.

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