Misbehaving fans unwanted by Wanderers, says Santalab


Western Sydney striker Brendon Santalab wants to see crowd misbehaviour stamped out of the A-League, after a discriminatory banner was brandished in the club's active supporters area during the Sydney derby.

The Wanderers are again under fire over supporters' behaviour after Saturday's derby against Sydney FC, with Football Federation Australia condemning a homophobic banner brandished by their fans.

The banner, depicting oral sex and publicly saluted by the Wanderers' active supporter group the Red and Black Bloc, was unfurled in front of almost 45,000 fans.

More than a dozen arrests of attendees were also recorded at ANZ Stadium, with charges by NSW police including assault, throwing a missile and drug possession after an officer's eye was cut by a projectile thrown during a fight.

Veteran Santalab, who scored the winner in the 1-0 result against the ladder-leading Sky Blues, said poor crowd behaviour threatened to take some of the gloss off the game where they ended a three-year derby drought.

"We don't want to see that in our game," Santalab told Sky Sports Radio on Monday.

"It was a great night of football and a great spectacle.

"For the fans who are interested in causing trouble, it's not what we want in the A-League and definitely at the Wanderers.

"We'd like to stamp that out and just have a nice family evening and a great spectacle for the game."

The Wanderers said the club remains committed to providing a family-friendly environment at games.

A suspended points deduction, in place until the end of this season, as punishment for fan trouble associated with lighting flares hangs over the sixth-placed side.

Source AAP