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FFA hand down five-year bans for unruly fans, promise tough action in future

The Australian game's governing body has shown their response to the crowd trouble of the past week in games in Sydney involving A-League clubs to be stern one

Football Federation Australia has responded to recent crowd trouble that has marred two pre-season matches involving A-League clubs by banning two fans for five years.

One man has been banned for igniting a flare during a Sydney FC game against the Macarthur Rams at Campbelltown Stadium on August 14, with the ensuing scuffle resulting in one man being knocked unconscious and a six-year-old boy being hit with a rock.

Another man was banned after lighting a firework when A-League new boys Western Sydney Wanderers and Sydney United met at Edensor Park on Wednesday.

A third man will also be banned for a period yet to be determined following an alleged assault during the clash between the Sky Blues and the Rams.

Outgoing FFA chief executive officer Ben Buckley said the bans demonstrate a zero-tolerance approach towards anti-social behaviour.

"The troublemakers who bring the game into disrepute with their reckless behaviour have no place in our game," he said via statement.

"The incidents at Campbelltown and Edensor Park over the past week were the work of a few idiots who wanted to cause trouble."

Buckley also hopes the sanctions will go some way towards improving the atmosphere at A-League games as the start of the new season edges nearer.

"Football at all levels will spend whatever time and effort is required to ensure matches are played in a family-friendly atmosphere where people can enjoy football," he said.

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