Flare enough, blasts Wanderers boss

Wanderers fans in the crowd let off flares as police officers look on during the match between the Melbourne Victory and Western Sydney Wanderers at Etihad Stadium. Photo: Scott Barbour/Getty Images.
Wanderers fans in the crowd let off flares as police officers look on during the match between the Melbourne Victory and Western Sydney Wanderers at Etihad Stadium. Photo: Scott Barbour/Getty Images.

Western Sydney Wanderers chief executive John Tsatsimas has blasted the club's supporters who lit flares at Saturday night's game against Melbourne Victory, behaviour that could see the club stripped of premiership points.

Wanderers have until this evening to respond to a "show cause" notice issued by the FFA, but Tsatsimas got on the front foot yesterday, telling SEN radio the club had "no tolerance" for the actions displayed at Etihad Stadium that saw the game halted after flares and firecrackers were set off early in the first half.

"Those things (flares) are illegal … we don't want them," he said. "They jeopardise the safety of our patrons and they take away from our sport.

"If you don't want to partake in a football match in Australia in a proper way, take your pyrotechnic displays away from our game, leave our people alone, leave our sport alone, get the hell away."

Tsatsimas didn't blame the club's passionate supporters group, the Red and Black Bloc, for what happened, instead pointing the finger at a small group of travelling troublemakers.

"What we've got to be careful of is we don't bundle all of the RBB or travelling away fans in one group," he said. "We've seen the people who have contributed to our club … we've got some fantastic members and the Wanderers are known for their fantastic fan support.

"The RBB is different to those morons in that group that act like idiots."


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