Wanderers’ fans hit back at sanctions

Soccer fans from Western Sydney Wanderers’ Red and Black Bloc (RBB) have hit back at sanctions placed on the group by the A-League club.

RBB members held ‘‘a silent protest’’ during the Wanderers loss against the Newcastle Jets in their designated area of the Northern Terrace at Pirtek Stadium, Parramatta on Sunday.

Crowd numbers were noticeably down in the usually packed terrace.

It follows an email sent to Wanderers members after reports of antisocial behaviour and igniting of flares in the terrace during the Wanderers’ Asian Champions League game against Ulsan Hyundai last Wednesday night.

The club, stadium, Football Federation Australia and police will conduct an extensive investigation to fine and ban those responsible.

‘‘Effective immediately will be the banning of flags, fence banners and concession items that are directly connected to the three supporter groups who occupied the area in which the disturbances of Wednesday night emanated,’’ the Wanderers newsletter states.

Other banned items include musical instruments, megaphones, loud hailers and confetti.

While the RBB is yet to respond to the Sun’s request for a comment, the group has let its feelings be known on its Facebook page.

The page described the Wanderers’ email to members as misleading.

The group posted a  photo of its confiscated Stand United Never Divided banner, which they described as unfair treatment.

‘‘We support unity and the team is still the priority,’’ a Facebook post states.

‘‘A full statement will be provided in the upcoming days.’’

The Wanderers club was contacted for comment but is also yet to respond.

The Wanderers tackle fierce crosstown rivals Sydney FC at Allianz Stadium this Saturday night.

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