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Wanderers unlikely to lose points over Grand Final crowd behaviour

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Football Federation Australia chief executive David Gallop has hinted that Western Sydney will likely avoid a deduction of points for crowd behaviour in Sunday’s A-League grand final.

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The Wanderers – already on a suspended three-point penalty for bringing the game into disrepute – are under investigation after a flare was let off in the Red and Black Bloc’s active supporter bay at Adelaide Oval on Sunday.

However Gallop indicated this morning it would be unlikely that the governing body would add further salt to the club’s wounds for next season after they lost the 2015-16 season decider.

“We always said we wouldn’t be taking points off clubs unless we felt that the behaviour warranted it,” Gallop told Sky Sports Radio’s Big Sports Breakfast.

“Flares are obviously an issue, but it was never a case where one or two flares necessarily meant that we would take points.

“We want to look at the overall conduct and by and large the police reports that the fans were well behaved.”

Gallop and his team are still waiting on further reports to come in from the police, Adelaide Oval and the two clubs, but at this stage he is confident most fans were well behaved.

Of further concern though is that a number of seats were damaged at the iconic ground, while it is also alleged Adelaide United supporter group Red Army lit flares on their walk to the stadium.

“I wouldn’t necessarily say minor, it’s probably a shift up the scale from that,” Gallop said.

“You never want to see damage to seats so that’s disturbing.

“By and large the police were praising the behaviour of a big group of people who came to Adelaide to see that game and support the Wanderers.”

Western Sydney were handed a suspended three-point penalty and $50,000 fine in February after about 20 flares, as well as crowd-frightening detonators, were ignited during a match against Melbourne Victory at Etihad Stadium.

-AAP

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