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Soccer fans unfurled this graphic gay-oral-sex banner at a recent match

The team faces fines as fans defend their homophobia.

A-League Rd 20 - Western Sydney v Sydney
Many Wanderers fans have been celebrating their homophobic banner all week.
Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images

At a Football Federation Australia match earlier this week, fans of the Western Sydney Wanderers unveiled a massive banner that depicted Sydney FC manager Graham Arnold performing oral sex on a penis. To say it was “graphic” is putting it mildly.

The banner is very NSFW. You can see it on the Red and Black Bloc’s Facebook page.

The FFA is now considering taking action against the team for the banner, saying the banner was “offensive to any reasonable member of the public.” The gay soccer club Sydney Rangers FC have said they want every fan who had anything to do with that banner banned from future matches.

“The time for talk is over,” Rangers president Joseph Roppolo told the Australian Associated Press. “We need actions. We hope the FFA comes down strongly on these fans and institute a 1-2 year-ban as a line in the sand."

Sadly the fans are standing by the banner, defending its gross image in a post on Facebook:

"Clearly football in this country is in the wrong hands. Football belongs to the people, not a dictatorial body or the likes of so called expert commentators. The sport doesn't belong to the FFA, nor does it belong to the likes of Robbie Slater (television commentator). F**k off with your pandering to mainstream media."

The group posted images of merchandise with the oral-sex image printed on T-shirts and other items, asking fans if they were offended by the items or if they would purchase them. The people liking the merchandise outnumbered those saying they were offended about 30-to-1.

A similar banner was held up at the New England Patriots victory parade earlier this month.