FOOTBALLING rivalries kicked off in Campbelltown last night when Western Sydney Wanderers fans clashed with cross-town rival supporters from Sydney FC in ugly scenes.
The half-time stouch at the Sydney FC vs Macarthur Rams game was allegedly started when a flare was thrown by a small group of Wanderers fans.
Several small fights broke afterwards between 10 to 15 people resulting in a man being knocked unconscious and a six-year-old boy being hit in the head by a rock.
It’s believed the boy suffered bruising to the head while the older Wanderers fan was taken by ambulance to Campbelltown Hospital.
Police were called to the stadium about 8.15pm and stayed until the end but said no charges had been laid yet.
Western Sydney Wanderers executive chairman Lyall Gorman and Sydney FC Chief Executive Officer Tony Pignata are expected to address the media about the incident later today.
On the Wanderers Facebook page, a member from the club’s supporter’s group the Black and Red Army, posted the group was firmly against the use of flares, fighting and hooliganism.
‘‘[In the incident] they have been noted as part of the Black and Red Bloc (RBB),’’ the member said.
‘‘We don’t condone the actions of supporters who fall under that cloud nor do we want them to be part of the special and unique team that is building in Western Sydney.’’
Rumours suggest the supporters weren’t wearing any jerseys but were heard chanting RBB songs. The Black and Red Army spokesman said the newly-formed supporter’s group was ‘‘here to unite the people not divide’’.
‘‘We wish the young child a quick recovery and a good riddance to the morons who believe fighting and flares is a way to follow football,’’ the spokesman said.