Australian Cup final: Jewish organization calls for life ban if fans found to have made Nazi salute




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The New South Wales Jewish House of Representatives has called on Australian football to issue a life ban for fans who appear to display Nazi symbols and salutes during the Australian Cup final on Saturday night.

On Sunday, Australian Football said it would see all the video and photos at its disposal from Saturday night’s Australian Cup final in Sydney after it was widely reported that some fans had made a “Hitler salute”.

At Compbank Stadium, nearly 16,461 fans watched MacArthur FC defeat Sydney United 58 2-0.

But Australian football said the match was marred by “antisocial behaviour” and eight people were expelled from the stadium during the final. statement.

According to Australian media reports, some fans cheered and booed during the Welcome To Country party, a sacred Aboriginal tradition.

Pictures have also surfaced on social media showing the Nazi salute performed by some supporters of Sydney United 58, a club founded by Croatian immigrants in 1958.

Football Australia, the sport’s governing body, said it would hold discussions with Sydney United 58, warning that the club and fans could face penalties.

Sydney United 58 did not immediately respond to CNN’s request for comment.

In its statement, Australian Football said it “strongly condemns the actions of a small minority of individuals who have engaged in conduct inconsistent with the values ​​of Australian football and the expectations of the wider community”.

She added: “Australian Football is today evaluating all available footage and images of specific individuals of interest to our organization and the broader Australian football community, including the ‘Hitler Salute’ show.

The governing body said it was “working closely” with the stadium management and NSW Police and would take “strong and swift action”.

In a statement to CNN, Darren Park, chief executive of the New South Wales Jewish House of Representatives, said: “These vile symbols and salutations have no place in modern Australian society. They represent the ultimate manifestation of evil – the evil that killed millions of innocent civilians during World War II. The second, including the six million Jews and thousands of Australian diggers who lost their lives fighting against the Nazis during World War II.”

He added that the board “is urging the board to take strict action against any fan involved in these acts, including implementing a lifetime attendance ban.”

“Australian football must also work with Sydney United to address the alarming views held by some of its fans.”

Australian football has admitted that crowd noise during Welcome to Country, performed by Erin Wilkins before the match, “has reached unacceptable levels”.

“We regret this happened and are reviewing all available footage and audio to further analyze the incident,” she said in her statement.

“Australian Football has been in direct contact with Erin Wilkins during and after the match and will continue to receive her guidance and that of the National Indigenous Advisory Group for Australian Football on this matter.”

Craig Foster, former Sydney and Australia player, chirp: “All those involved, including the club, must be held accountable.”

Soccer Australia co-executives Bo Bosch and Catherine Gill said at A statement: “On the field, the match reflected the universal values ​​of justice, respect and courage that should define our sport. Unfortunately, those values ​​were shattered in the stands.”

The statement added: “Our sport must now respond and players commit to playing an important role. An effective response will not be developed by focusing on whether or not these actions were committed by a minority.”


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