Sydney FC coach Graham Arnold is upset over a banner displyed by Wanderers fans.
Sydney FC coach Graham Arnold is upset over a banner displyed by Wanderers fans. DAN PELED

Arnold family upset by obscene banner

SYDNEY FC boss Graham Arnold has revealed that his daughters are questioning whether to attend derbies in the future after seeing the obscene banner aimed at him by Wanderers fans.

The display by Western Sydney's Red and Black Bloc supporters group last Saturday night, showing an effigy of Arnold engaged in oral sex, has met with widespread condemnation and is likely to earn at least a fine for their club.

But Arnold, speaking for the first time about the banner, said it had "no place in Australian sport", and told the Wanderers he was not interested in receiving an apology now, despite his club seeking one earlier in the week.

"Does it bother me? Not at all," he said.

"I've got a thick skin and I've been in this game for 30-odd years. I've been called a lot worse and been through tougher times.

"But I think it's completely inappropriate for my children, my family.

"On top of that, all those young kids that turned up to the game with their parents to watch the game.

"I don't think it has any place in Australian sport.

"My family were upset, to the fact where my girls have come to every game of football that I've coached and played since I can remember and they don't want to come anymore.

"It's a strong statement from the girls and my wife, my wife is extremely upset.

"But (I've had) no apology, we just have to get on with it.

"Apology? I would probably have liked one by now.

"I haven't heard from them for four days, so I don't want one now.

"At the end of the day I would have hoped I would have got an apology, but I didn't get one. That's life and we just move on."

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