NSW’s New South Wales Jewish Commission has called on Football Australia to issue a lifetime ban on fans found displaying Nazi symbols and bows during Saturday night’s Australian Cup final.
last sunday Football Australia said it would review all video footage and footage available at Saturday night’s Australian Cup final in Sydney.(Jewish Organizations Call for Lifetime Bans) After it was widely reported that some football fans did. “Hitler Salut”
At Commbank Stadium, 16,461 spectators almost set a record watching Macarthur FC beat Sydney United 58 2-0.
According to Australian media reports Some fans cheered and booed during the welcome ceremony to the country. which is a sacred tradition of the indigenous people
Images on social media also show Nazis saluting by supporters of Sydney United 58, a club founded by Croatian immigrants in 1958.
Football Australia, the sport’s governing body, said it would hold talks with Sydney United 58, warning that individual clubs and fans could face sanctions.
Sydney United 58 did not immediately respond to CNN’s request for comment.
In a statement, Football Australia said it “condemns the conduct of a minority of conduct that is inconsistent with Football Australia’s values and the expectations of the wider community.”
It added: “Today Football Australia is evaluating all images and images available of certain individuals which are a concern to our organization and the wider Australian football community, including the “Hitler salute” performance.
The regulator said It is “working closely” with the stadium management and NSW Police and will “take action vigorously and quickly”.
Darren Bark, chief executive of the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies, said in a statement to CNN: “These vile symbols and greetings have no place in modern Australian society. They represent the ultimate evil. which led to the killing of millions of innocent civilians during World War II. including the six million Jews and thousands of Australian miners who died fighting the Nazis during World War II.”
He added that the board “Calling regulators to take strong action against fans participating in these actions, including a lifetime ban from participation.”
“Australian football should work with Sydney United to address relevant comments that have some respect from fans,” he added.
The deafening noise of the crowd during Welcome to Country, performed by Erin Wilkins before the game, “reached an unacceptable level”, football Australia admits.
“We are sorry that this happened. and are reviewing all available audio and video to further analyze the incident,” it said in a statement.
“Australian football has direct communication with Erin Wilkins during and since the tournament. and will continue to receive her advice and advice from the Football Australia National Indigenous Advisory Group on this matter.”
Craig Foster, former Sydney United and Australia player Tweet: “Everyone involved is responsible. including the club.”
Beau Busch and Kathryn Gill, co-CEOs of Football Australia said in a statement. statement: “On the field, competition reflects the universal values of justice, respect and courage that should define our sport. Unfortunately, these values were destroyed in the stands.”
The statement added: “Our sport must be responsive and players are committed to playing an important role. An effective response would not be developed emphasizing whether these actions were caused by minorities.”