Letter from CEO Scott Hudson regarding the Sydney Derby incident

Dear Wanderers members and fans,

I wanted to provide you all with an update following the recent incident at the Sydney Derby.

Following the club’s review of footage from Saturday night’s Sydney Derby, we have immediately requested the overturning of the bans on several passionate supporters from the club’s active supporter base.

Venues NSW has committed to providing the club and its banned supporters with a response on the overturning prior to the Wanderers next match at CommBank Stadium on Friday night.

We are very disturbed by the feedback we have received from various parts of the stadium regarding their experience last Saturday night.

There is clearly a broader issue and we stand in solidarity with our members and fans.

Firstly, we have taken the initial steps of a full review of operational procedures and planning around match day.

To be clear, the TIFO banner at Saturday night’s Sydney Derby was approved prior to the match day by all relevant stakeholders.

Furthermore, we are urgently seeking a meeting with senior representatives from NSW Police and Venues NSW to discuss these issues.

With consideration to recent incidents in football around the country, the Wanderers are calling for an All of Game response to current processes and safety procedures.

The Wanderers are seeking a National Response from all football stakeholders to ensure that venues all around the country are safe for supporters to support their team, no matter where you are in the stadium. 

We will be keeping you updated with further progress of these discussions and thank you for your ongoing support of your football club.

Scott Hudson
Western Sydney Wanderers CEO