Dear Members & fans.
We just want to clarify some issues surrounding last night.
Late last night after the game, both of us were made aware that a staff member of Sydney FC who was located at pitch level during the game, did request that a number of banners in The Cove supporters area be removed. The direction did not come from us or any other Sydney FC Board members and we were unaware it had been made at the time.
Despite this, as the management and executive of the club we take full responsibility for the decision, admit it was wrong and apologise wholeheartedly to the fans that were affected and to the supporters as a whole.
We have since spoken to the staff member concerned and will put in place protocols to ensure these circumstances are not repeated.
The Club has always believed that every fan has the right to peacefully and respectfully voice their opinions and this is a principle that we will uphold.
In relation to the eviction, we are also disappointed and regret that this incident occurred. The supporter in question should not have been evicted and we believe due process was not carried out by stadium security. On behalf of Sydney FC we wish to apologise to the fan affected by the events on the night. The Club has met with stadium security today and informed them that we believe they acted without appropriate authority. We will continue discussions with the SCG Trust prior to Saturday's game and make contact with the supporter.
To ensure there is no repeat of last night, we will also be meeting with a number of Cove members early this week to discuss these issues and concerns.
Despite these unfortunate incidents, we acknowledge this is a challenging time for our A-League team and all of us are disappointed with last night's result. We urge all our members and supporters to stay united in the run up to the finals and to continue to support the team.
Sydney FC remains in contention across the A-league, W-League and Youth League. The club will continue to fight across all three championships and work to ensure all our players and officials are supported and that our members are proud of our efforts.
Scott Barlow & Tony Pignata