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Wanderers fan handed two-year ban for Nazi salute

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A Western Sydney Wanderers supporter has been banned from attending games for the next two years after he was captured on camera performing a Nazi salute.

A prominent Western Sydney Wanderers supporter who was captured on camera performing a Nazi salute at an A-League Men game has received a two-year ban from Football Australia.

Network Ten's broadcast coverage showed vision of the fan performing the gesture at the end of last month's Sydney derby at Allianz Stadium.

In the footage, the man can be seen raising his middle finger towards the camera before quickly making the apparent salute.

New laws brought in during 2022 make the gesture illegal in NSW, with a maximum jail term of 12 months.

NSW Police said on Monday they were investigating the incident and have yet to make any arrests, but FA have slapped the supporter with a two-year ban.

"As the governing body of football in Australia, we hold a firm stance against any form of racist and/or anti-social behaviour," the governing body said in a statement.

"The actions of this individual not only breached the A-League terms of admission and our spectator code of behaviour but fundamentally contradicted the values of respect and inclusivity that Football Australia stands for.

"In response, Football Australia has issued a two-year ban on this spectator, effective immediately.

"This ban encompasses all matches sanctioned by Football Australia, including national team matches, Australia Cup matches, A-Leagues matches, National Second Tier matches, and National Premier League matches.

"We are committed to ensuring that football remains a sport that unites communities and offers a safe and respectful environment for all."

FA issued lifetime bans for the use of the Nazi salute following the 2022 Australia Cup final between Sydney United 58 and Macarthur.

Three Sydney United supporters appeared in court last month charged with performing the gesture, each pleading not guilty.

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