Western Sydney Wanderers coach Marko Rudan on the sideline during an A-League game. Photo Credit: Joshua Davis

Following the Western Sydney Wanderers 4-3 loss to Macarthur, Marko Rudan was issued a show cause notice by Football Australia (FA) after his post-match press conference.

In the press conference, Rudan made disparaging comments against multiple referees in the game and VAR, while claiming “there is an absolute stigma attached to my football club.”

As a result of these comments, he was issued a show cause notice by the FA.

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The FA announced on Friday that Rudan has been sanctioned for breaches of the National Code of Conduct and Ethics following a show cause notice process pursuant to the Code.

It was announced he was found to have engaged in conduct that breached several provisions of the code.

He was found to have:

  • Engaged in offensive behaviour, including the use of offensive, obscene, abusive, provocative, indecent, or insulting gestures, language, or chanting
  • Engaged in intimidating another person, creating a hostile or unsafe environment within the sport
  • 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
  • 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, and
  • Failed to behave at all times in a manner that promotes and upholds high standards of integrity, dignity, and professionalism

As a result, the FA has determined that Rudan will be suspended for three A-League Men matches, with one of those being suspended for the remainder of the 2023/24 and the entire 2024/25 A-League Men seasons.

Rudan will be eligible to return to his sideline coaching duties for the Sydney Derby on March 2.

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