Flare throwers face severe bans

Flares and crowd violence will not be tolerated at Hyundai A-League matches says Head of the A-League Damien de Bohun in the wake of the Sydney Derby.

Fans who cause trouble at Hyundai A-League matches, such as those who brought and threw flares at last night-s Sydney Derby will be dealt with harshly, facing the maximum penalties for their actions.

While the crowd at Allianz Stadium was largely well-behaved and embraced the party atmosphere there were some notable incidents which included flares being thrown on to the playing surface by fans in the Wanderers- supporters bay, with one landing in close proximity to Wanderers goalkeeper Ante Covic.

Head of the Hyundai A-League Damien de Bohun said the dangerous actions of a few troublemakers would not be tolerated and that the perpetrators would face serious consequences for their actions.

"The Sydney derby had a crowd over 26,000 and produced an amazing atmosphere in a largely family-friendly environment, but it's regrettable that a few irresponsible fans have drawn attention to the event for the wrong reasons,” De Bohun said.

"FFA works closely with NSW Police, venue security and the competing clubs to identify and eject troublemakers at Hyundai A-League matches in the state.

"There is a zero tolerance policy on flares and those found guilty by courts will face the additional penalty of a ban from all football for up to five years."

The incidents of flares landing on the pitch were not the only ones during the match, with one man removed by up to five police officers after a scuffle broke out towards the other end of the pitch.