RBB flare-up not every Wanderers fan's cup of tea

With Western Sydney Wanderers facing possible Football Federation Australia sanctions in the wake of flares being released during the Round 18 game with Melbourne Victory, a club member called on the Red and Black Bloc to show their passion by putting the team first.

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Tensions between Western Sydney Wanderers' active fans, the RBB, and Melbourne Victory's 'North Terrace' boiled over with both supporter's groups attempting to prove their supremacy as Australia's staunchest.

FFA issued the Wanderers a show cause notice on Monday after flares were lit during Saturday's clash against Victory at Etihad Stadium.

A Wanderers fan, who has been a member since the club's inception in 2012, hailed the importance of the RBB but insisted there is no need for flares and anti social behaviour at games.

"The RBB are undoubtedly the best active supporter group of any team in any sporting code in Australia. They create the best atmosphere week in week out and we love them," he said.

"They don't need flares to create the best atmosphere in the code, they don't need that sort of stuff that's going to put other people's welfare at risk.

"What happened on Saturday crossed the line, it was selfish.

"It's frustrating because A-League supporters did an amazing job to rally together and get the FFA to make positive change and situations like Saturday undo all of that hard work."



Opinions have been divided over how FFA should respond to the issue, with some calling for compeition points to be deducted, while others believe the Wanderers don't deserve to be punished for the conduct of their fans.

Some Wanderers fans suggested coach Tony Popovic and the players reach out to the RBB in a bid to prevent future incidents.

"FFA can't control this issue, it has to come from internally, It has to come from the active supporter groups they have to wake up and put the team first," a Wanderers fan said.

"The fact they love the Wanderers so much I think if the message comes directly from Popovic and the players then I think the message will spill through to the rest of the RBB."

"Strong active supporter groups are vital for clubs survival and helps grow culture and history within clubs. It's what seperates football from other sporting codes in Australia."
"We're playing right into the hands of people especially in the media who have an agenda to bring down football in Australia, people like Rebecca Wilson and Alan Jones, it's giving them fuel to talk rubbish about the game."

The Wanderers have until until 5pm on Wednesday to show cause why they should not face sanction for bringing the game into disrepute through the conduct of their supporters.


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Published 9 February 2016 at 2:00pm
By Basil Saab