Nichols escapes Grand Final ban for two finger salute

Western Sydney Wanderers star Mitch Nichols will still be able to play in Sunday's Grand Final despite being cited for a two-finger salute to rival fans.

Roar fans were incensed when the former Brisbane player made the gesture at the away bays after Wanderers edged an epic 5-4 extra time semi-final clash at Pirtek Stadium.

The playmaker, who was subbed on 90 minutes, raced 50 metres to the visiting support, making the gesture and blowing kisses to Roar fans who had watched their team blow a three goal lead.

Brisbane lodged a formal complaint against their ex-star prompting Football Federation to review the incident.

The governing body cited Nichols under the National Code of Conduct but has given the 27-year-old until 5pm Wednesday May 4 to respond, effectively leaving him to play in the 2016 A-League decider.

Nichols would have been a huge loss for the Wanderers who take on the Premiers Adelaide United at Adelaide Oval on Sunday.

If found guiltyof breaching the code Nichols faces a reprimand, fine and/or suspension.

Roar officials had no qualms about lodging a complaint against a player who served the club from 2007 to 2013 - if anything his connections with the club only escalated the outrage.

"The club is very disappointed to see the image of a former championship player and the actions he took towards our supporters," Roar chief executive David Pourre told Fairfax media.

"We believe the investigation is being conducted by the FFA into the matter and we will await the outcome of that investigation.

"From a professional athlete and player across the A-League and knowing that it has a far-reaching broadcast, it's very disappointing to see that type of behaviour and it's unacceptable."