RBB ban

One of the leaders of the RBB has apparently been banned for 12 months from entering Olympic Park by the NSW Police, apparently for leading a chant saying "F*#^ FFA", according to Tom Smithies.

The AAP report says a second person, a supporter liaison officer, was also banned - presumably for the same 'offensive' chant. 

This is extraordinary. The capo wasn't arrested and is not subject to an FFA banning procedure. If NSW Police are now going to crack down on people swearing in public, NSW taxpayers will go broke paying the police overtime bill.  

Asian Champions League

Melbourne Victory v Kawasaki Frontale, 7.30pm AAMI Park

  • Kevin Muscat says Melbourne Victory will go toe-to-toe with Kawsaki Frontale in tonight's fourth match of the ACL campaign. He says both teams will be keen to win and it should be a bit of a "shootout". Melbourne Victory is one two points, lying third in the group; Kawsaki Frontale is one point behind. 
  • Whoever doesn't win can "kiss goodbye" to their ACL campaign for 2018 and both coaches know it, reports David Davutovic, with both Muscat and his Kawasaki counterpart, Toru Oniki, indicating that they will attack from the start. 
  • And another report saying much the same thing, that Muscat will instruct the team to "turn the screws" from the start
  • And another, saying Muscat "promises a night to remember" as Melbourne Victory seek to "deliver a knockout blow" to Kawsaki Frontale.

Kashima Antlers v Sydney FC

  • Sydney FC has their excuses ready already with the trio of Bobo, Milos Ninkovic and Michael Zullo who did not travel, and Brandon O'Neill suspended. Ray Gatt reports that Anthony Kalik is expected to start in midfield, David Carney will play wide left, and Matt Simon is likely to start upfront in place of Bobo. 
  • Graham Arnold says he's seen enough of the ACL to believe Sydney FC is in with a chance in tonight's game. He also does not believe his impending departure will have an impact on the team's performance and results - he would say that, wouldn't he?

Perth Glory

Perth Glory welcome the fortnight off as an opportunity to try to get the star, Diego Castro, fit to play again for the club's finals push. 

Sydney (the city) 

As part of the strategy to counter the campaign against the NSW Government's plan to spend billions of dollars demolishing and rebuilding two stadiums in Sydney (Allianz and ANZ), a business-led group from Sydney (the city, not the club) is forming a 'Global Events Taskforce' to attract major world sporting events to .... Sydney. Including the men's and women's versions of the football World Cup. Not Australia. Good luck on that kiddies. In case you still haven't got it through your thick skulls, (1) a nation bids for a World Cup event, not a city; (2) a football association bids for a FIFA event, not a business organisation; (3) we bid for the World Cup in 2010, spent $50 million - not $42 million - of taxpayers' money, and got one lousy vote because as former Sepp Blatter told Bonita Mersiades recounted in her book, Whatever It Takes - the Inside Story of the FIFA Way, "you [Australia] were never going to get it." And stadiums had absolutely nothing to do with it. Want to know why? Read the book. Page 79 is the first mention of it. 

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