THE WESTERN Sydney Wanderers have been labelled one of the biggest success stories in the A-League’s short history with some of the most passionate and vocal fans in the country.
But fans have been urged to channel their love of the club in a responsible way this Saturday when the Wanderers host Melbourne Heart in a round 18 blockbuster at Parramatta Stadium.
Authorities have warned the Wanderers supporter group the Red and Black Bloc (RBB) to be on their best behaviour this weekend following several crowd disturbances in recent weeks where flares and bottles were thrown.
Football Federation Australia (FFA) has seemingly lost patience with the small minority of RBB supporters who have continued to flout spectator rules.
As a result the governing body had temporarily banned so-called ‘‘supporters’ privileges’’ such as megaphones and giant oversized flags.
RBB delegates who met with FFA officials were quick to remind fellow members what constitutes acceptable active supporter behaviour.
‘‘I urge you all to take this very seriously,’’ an RBB spokesman said.
‘‘[You] need to consider your actions on match day and understand the RBB is and always will be bigger than any one individual.
Among the FFA’s list of clean-up demands is an immediate end to flare lighting, bottle throwing, moshing (where fans bump into each other) on the terrace and swearing through megaphones.
‘‘It is up to us to earn back our privileges starting now,’’ the spokesman said.
A Wanderers club spokesman said antisocial behaviour of any kind would not be tolerated.
‘‘Wanderers games are becoming renowned for the fantastic atmosphere generated by all supporters,’’ the spokesman said.
‘‘We want to promote active participation [which is] positive experience for all.’’