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Fans of Sydney United 58 condemned for Nazi salutes during Australia Cup final


Supporters of Nazi salutes and symbols at the Australia Cup final should be expelled for life, a senior government official said.


Football Australia (FA), after opening disciplinary proceedings, said that it “strongly condemned the actions of a minority” of Sydney United58 fans.


New South Wales Premier Dominic Perrottet stated that some supporters were “absolutely horrible”.


The club stated that it was “concerned by the reports of supporters’ actions.”

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Sydney United 58 stated in a statement that it has “zero tolerance” for any form of racism, disrespect or discrimination.


The club stated that it would cooperate with authorities to conduct an “full investigation”.


An attempt by supporters to drown out the Indigenous welcome ceremony at Western Sydney Stadium before kick-off is being investigated.


FA stated Monday that it had sent a show-cause notification to semi-professional side Sydney United58. This required the club to respond before any sanction could be implemented.


The governing body stated that it was working with New South Wales Police to “determine strong and prompt action on any identified antisocial behaviour”.


Photos on social media showed Sydney United supporters performing Nazi salutes during a match.


Perrottet stated that it has no place in the state.


“Those who have used those salutes to do that should be expelled for life. ”


The FA investigation will consider the chanting and bashing during the Welcome to Country pre-match – an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander practice.


Jade North, chairperson of the Football Australia National Indigenous Advisory Groups (NIAG), stated that the incidents at the stadium were caused by ignorant individuals or groups.


“This behavior was unacceptable and should be stopped. Attitudes must change. ”


Sydney United 58 (formerly Sydney Croatia) was the first non-A-League team to reach Saturday’s final. They lost 2-0 against Macarthur FC before a crowd of 16,461.


The club’s board stated that it is committed to creating a community that is inclusive and respectful, which allows members of the community to honor their heritage in a meaningful way.


“Those who do not agree with these values will not be accepted at Sydney United 58 FC. Their views will not be tolerated.” ”


FA stated that eight people were expelled during the match to “report some isolated behavior by a small number of individuals”.

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