Sydney confirm Abbas complaint

Sydney FC has confirmed it will lodge an official complaint with Football Federation Australia on Monday over comments made to midfielder Ali Abbas during Sydney FC’s 3-1 victory over Western Sydney Wanderers on Saturday night.

Abbas complained about comments made to him in relation to his cultural and religious background.

Sydney FC Chief Executive Officer Tony Pignata said: “We will be undergoing due process with FFA.

“We ask that the privacy of Ali Abbas is respected at this time and no further comment will be made while the complaint procedure takes it course.”

Such complaints are dealt with under FFA's National Member Protection Policy.

Upon receipt of the formal complaint, FFA will instigate an investigation of the incident. The resolution process may include mediation or referral to a Disciplinary Tribunal.

Under the National Member Protection Policy, the process is conducted confidentially and therefore FFA will make no comment about the allegation or the investigation.

The National Member Protection Policy can be viewed here:

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