The Western Sydney Wanderers have condemned a supporter who racially abused Brisbane Roar goalkeeper Jamie Young during their 2-2 draw in Mudgee, north of Sydney on Saturday afternoon.
The incident put a negative spin on the match which had drawn more than 5000 fans at the Glen Willow Sporting Field for the first ever Hyundai A-League match at this venue.
The Wanderers quickly went 2 goals up through Spanish striker Oriol Riera, who clinched a brace inside 17 minutes.
But Alex Lopez drew level in the first half before Adam Taggart equalised after the halftime break for Roar to claim their third point of the season.
The incident involving Young, who is of Sri Lankan and Scottish descent, sparked outrage, with the Wanderers and Roar issuing strong statements and a call for the ejected spectator to receive a lifetime ban. Football Federation Australia (FFA) is investigating the incident.
The Wanderers statement read: “The Western Sydney Wanderers condemn in the strongest possible manner the racist conduct of an individual at yesterday’s match against Brisbane Roar at Glen Willow Regional Sports Stadium,” the statement read.
“This behaviour is deplorable and not acceptable at any Wanderers event, just like it should not be accepted anywhere in society.
“The Western Sydney Wanderers would like to extend a sincere apology to Jamie Young for being subjected to such behaviour.
“We applaud and are extremely proud of those Wanderers supporters in the immediate vicinity to this individual who promptly, and vociferously, objected to the behaviour demonstrated and alerted authorities to have the offender removed from the venue.
“This individual is not to be welcomed back to any Wanderers fixture.”