Western Sydney Wanderers handed A-League points deduction

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The FFA has fined the $50,000 and imposed a suspended three-point A-League deduction after finding the club guilty of bringing the game into disrepute.

Fan trouble in the Wanderers’ end caused a disruption to the A-League game against the Victory at Docklands in Melbourne.

Some 25 flares and detonators were set off in the away end and outside the stadium, causing play to be held up as smoke cleared from the ground.

The scenes brought condemnation across the A-League and in the head offices of the FFA.

FFA chief executive David Gallop labelled the conduct of those individuals as deplorable and stressed it would not be tolerated.

“The events of last Saturday night and the coordinated misconduct of a section of Western Sydney Wanderers fans cannot be tolerated by anyone in Australian football,” Gallop said in an FFA statement.

“The misconduct was not only dangerous and threatening but the coordinated and calculated way the fans behaved was a serious blight on the reputation of football and everyone involved in our game including clubs, members, fans, players and officials.”

The suspended points deduction will hang large over the Wanderers’ heads in a tight battle for the A-League premiership, with the club level on points at the top with Brisbane Roar, and Melbourne City, Victory and Sydney FC all in hot pursuit.

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