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'Offensive, obscene, abusive': Rudan banned over A-League rants

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16th February, 2024
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Western Sydney Wanderers coach Marko Rudan has received a three-match ban, with one of those suspended, after firing up at the A-League.

Rudan will be sidelined for the Wanderers’ matches against Central Coast Mariners on February 18 and Adelaide United on February 24.

He will be allowed back for the Sydney derby on March 2, however.

Western Sydney Wanderers coach Mark Rudan gestures from the sideline

Western Sydney Wanderers coach Mark Rudan gestures from the sideline. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)

Rudan went ballistic after his team lost 4-3 to Macarthur FC, his mood soured after a controversial goal was awarded to the Bulls that relied on a tight goal line decision.

He criticised Football Australia’s head of referees Nathan Magill and the league for not having goal line technology in place for the competition.

After receiving a show cause notice by Football Australia, Rudan doubled down on his criticism during a press conference a few days after the game where he took a personal swipe at A-League commissioner Nick Garcia.

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“We’ve got a new commissioner … Garcia I think his name is,” Rudan said. “He was supposed to have a meeting with my CEO, who has only seen him once and [Garcia] was late to that meeting.

“You would have thought that a new commissioner would go out there and speak to CEOs. Get his feet on the ground and have good conversations to try to improve this game.

“But you’ve got guys who only want to be heard when they’ve got something to say … they’re happy to sit in their houses in Manly.”

An FA press release outlined the long list of rulings.

It has been determined that Rudan engaged in conduct that breached several provisions of the Code. Specifically, he was found to have:

  • engaged in offensive behaviour, including the use of offensive, obscene, abusive, provocative, indecent, or insulting gestures, language, or chanting (Clause 2.2(a) of the Code).
  • engaged in intimidating another person, creating a hostile or unsafe environment within the sport (Clause 2.2(d) of the Code).
  • engaged in conduct that brings, or may bring, Football Australia, its sponsors, a Football Administrator, or football generally into disrepute or which is otherwise prejudicial to the interests of Football Australia or football generally (Clause 2.2(g) of the Code).
  • made comments, statements, or representations to the public, including via any contribution to any form of media, that are disparaging or derogatory of an official, including a match official, opposition team, or any player (Clause 2.6(a) of the Code).
  • failed to behave at all times in a manner that promotes and upholds high standards of integrity, dignity, and professionalism (Clause 5(a)(i) of the Code).

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