Sydney FC issues apology

Sydney FC would like to issue an apology to Disability Groups after supporters displayed an inappropriate and unauthorised banner at Allianz Stadium on Saturday night.

Sydney FC would like to issue an apology to Disability Groups after supporters displayed an inappropriate and unauthorised banner at Allianz Stadium on Saturday night.

The banner was displayed as the teams ran onto the field for Saturday night-s clash with Melbourne Victory with the words changed by fans after the usual process of approval was carried out during the week.

“Sydney FC would like to wholeheartedly apologise to Disability Groups and those people offended by the banner and warn our fans that anyone displaying banners of such nature in the future will be banned from attending matches at Allianz Stadium,” said Sydney FC CEO Tony Pignata.

“Sydney FC does not condone the actions of the fans in The Cove responsible for displaying an inappropriate banner during the match on Saturday night.”

Fans wanting to display banners more than 1m x 1m in size must seek permission from Sydney FC and Allianz Stadium officials, who check for inappropriate or inflammatory remarks or illustrations.

In this instance the words on the banner were changed after the approval process.

“There is a process in place whereby our fans have to submit their plans for the banners, including copies of illustrations and exact wording, and the words on the banner were different to the submitted plan.

“We have spoken to the fan group, voiced our strenuous disapproval and made it known in no uncertain manner that any future breaches will be met with bans from attending matches.”