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SBD Global/January 20, 2014/Franchises

FFA Awaiting Police Findings Following Violence Allegedly Involving Western Sydney Fans

Football Federation Australia said that it would "wait for the findings of a police investigation before deciding whether to take any action" against A-League side Western Sydney Wanderers after a "violent incident on Saturday evening allegedly involving supporters of the club," according to Dominic Bossi of the SYDNEY MORNING HERALD. A group of "teenage Sydney FC fans was attacked by a group of youths wielding baseball bats at Prince Alfred Park in Surry Hills on Saturday before the A-League match between Sydney FC and Central Coast Mariners." A 15-year-old boy was hospitalized after the incident, which could "test the governing body's willingness to activate a suspended three-point penalty imposed on the Wanderers after clashes between fans before a match in Melbourne" on Dec. 28. Several witnesses said that they "identified a number of the alleged perpetrators as members of a Wanderers supporter group" called "AMOK." The governing body "imposed harsh punishments in December in response to the poor behaviour of a section of Wanderers and Melbourne Victory supporters." Both clubs were charged with "bringing the game into disrepute and handed suspended three-point penalties that will be triggered by any repeat behaviour this season" (SMH, 1/20).
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