A banned Western Sydney Wanderers fan is seeking forward to the chance of clearing his name right after the FFA amended its policy on banned A-League fans and supporter groups in turn suspended boycotts.
Fan groups from all 10 A-League clubs announced in a joint statement on Thursday that they would temporarily suspend boycotts in response to the FFA making arrangements that would help fans attractive their bans.
The FFA agreed to issue fans an “intention to ban” notice rather than a ban notice and would enable them to see the FFA’s proof.
Fans had been protesting ever since News Corp named and shamed 198 banned fans from a leaked list final month.
A diehard Western Sydney Wanderers named Lachlan mentioned he was banned in 2013 but was not amongst those named on the list of 198 names and recommended the complete list of blacklisted fans would be nicely above 200.
Lachlan, an active member of the Red and Black Bloc Wanderers supporters’ group, stated he was evicted in the course of a match against rivals Sydney FC and a ban followed.
“1 of our chants had a swear word in it, and as I was going by means of that portion of the chant I looked at a police officer and I was hunting at him in the face when I swore, and so clearly it wasn’t the best language,” Lachlan told the ABC’s The Globe Today.
Each and every part of me just wants to see this evidence that they’ve got against me, specially about lighting a flare that in no way happened.
Red and Black Bloc member Lachlan
“I was removed from the game for that and then two days later I was offered a banning notice from two FFA officials.”
Lachlan said he was never permitted to see the proof that the FFA had used to ban him from stadiums. He later heard he had been accused of throwing a flare – something he denies.
“Every single element of me just desires to see this proof that they’ve got against me, particularly about lighting a flare that never occurred,” he said.
“The swearing I can realize. It didn’t look also great but I nevertheless don’t consider it really is worthy of a ban, that’s for certain.”
In a four-hour meeting with supporters’ groups on Wednesday evening, the FFA agreed to make all proof obtainable to fans and to an independent appeals approach.
If the FFA fails to meet its commitment by February 19 next year, the fan groups have vowed to take additional action.
Fans demand clear and transparent procedure
“All we really wanted was a clear transparent process so that we could see the proof against fans and for an independent appeals approach,” James Price tag from Brisbane Roar supporters’ group, The Den, mentioned.
“So you know, there was tense moments but then in the end I consider every person got to the position where they were comfortable with.”
Grant Muir, a spokesman for Sydney FC active supporter group The Cove, stated the FFA should do more than make promises.
“Sadly the FFA has a history of duplicity with us over these troubles,” he mentioned.
“They’ve knowingly lied to us about our rights, they’ve knowingly lied to us about their obligations, they’ve knowingly lied to us about the existence or non-existence of an appeals method and, as we pointed out to them last night, the level of trust that exists among fans and FFA is below zero.”
Muir said fan groups would not hesitate to take action in February if the FFA does not comply with through.
Wanderers fan Lachlan concedes there are folks who deserve to be banned from games for life.
“We have folks that go there on the sole goal to go and start off fights and cause problems and bring the A-League into disrepute,” he stated.
“It really is for us normal fans that just want to go there and assistance our team since it’s the sport we follow, like not every person in Australia is rugby league or AFL-oriented.
“I feel it is unfair that we are obtaining tarred with like, you know, the true dirty brush.”
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