Australia Cup 2022: Footage shows Sydney United 58 fans singing national anthem, video

Sydney United 58 fans have been publicly condemned over “devastating and embarrassing” scenes during the Australia Cup final.

Network 10 broadcast coverage captured fans in the stands appearing to be doing Nazi salutes as the final between Sydney and Macarthur FC was underway.

The criticism towards the fan base has come from all angles, with Australian TV presenter Lucy Zelić calling for lifetime bans and a mandatory educational course for those involved.

The NSW Jewish Board of Deputies called for “strong action”, including lifetime bans. While Football Australia said the actions of “a very small minority” wasn’t in line with the “values and wider community expectations”.

In the end, eight individuals were evicted from the stadium on Saturday night as Macarthur claimed a 2-0 victory.

But now new footage has emerged which appears to debunk one of the acts in which the fans were heavily criticised for.

Fans were chastised for unleashing a chorus of boos during the Welcome to Country and also throughout the playing of the national anthem.

But footage from within the Sydney United 58 fanbase shows the fans singing along to the Australian national anthem.

Zelić, who was a sports presenter for SBS until she left the network last year, took to Twitter to express her horror at the scenes that played out in the stands.

“I’m a proud Croatian. I was raised by two immigrants who lost friends and family in the war – my Aunty Tereža was tragically killed after stepping on a rogue mine right near her home,” she explained. “Our history is laced with much struggle, grief and loss but immense resilience.

“Growing up with an ethnic background, I knew what it was like to be on the receiving end of racism and was often told, ‘f*** of back to Croatia wog’. I was confused because Australia was my home and we were so, so proud of it.

“I was born in the 80s and was never raised to be a fascist, racist or antisemitic – it wasn’t an option. We knew what being treated differently because of your ethnicity, and losing loved ones in senseless war felt like.

“What happened at last night’s @AustraliaCup Final was shocking and simply devastating, and I didn’t want to believe it. It was the first time I felt embarrassed by the actions of my fellow countrymen and I wasn’t alone.”

Football Australia said it was working with NSW Police and holding discussions with Sydney United 58 FC about the behaviour of certain fans, “which could lead to both individual and club sanctions.”

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