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SBD Global/January 9, 2014/International Football
A-League Reponse To Fan Violence Draws Criticism From Western Sydney's Mateo Poljak
Published January 9, 2014
NO CONTEST: In Sydney, Tom Smithies reported Western Sydney and Melbourne Victory confirmed that they will not contest FFA's points sanctions. With the clubs and governing body "closing ranks after a weekend of damaging headlines, the three points will be deducted if what FFA termed 'incidents of a significant magnitude' happen before the end of the season." Though officials "declined to spell out what that definition was, in light of security concerns, it's understood that isolated incidents involving individual fans won't be classified as such." Police intelligence "is also likely to play a part, in light of concerns that rogue supporters could don the kit of other clubs in order to cause trouble in their name" (DAILY TELEGRAPH, 1/8).