Abbas plays the game with a frightening passion, producing animated goal celebrations

Ali Abbas - Sydney FC
Ali Abbas the volatile.
Earlier this week Sydney FC CEO Tony Pignata pleaded that Western Sydney Wanderers fans show Ali Abbas some respect in this weekend’s Sydney Derby. Abbas returned last Saturday from a knee injury that occurred in a derby match in November 2014. As a result of Pignata’s pleas the passionate Iraq born attacker is set to cop a barrage, as the last thing you should do is tell a fan who they need to respect.




Australian sports fans don’t have to dig deeply into their memory banks to find a similar situation to that of Ali Abbas. AFL player Adam Goodes experienced a season of cat calls, boos, rude gestures and even racial taunts.
Respected as one of AFL’s best players, Goodes – an aboriginal Australian – made it known the constant jeering was affecting him. Did the fans stop and respect Adam? No.
The booing and jeering got worse. Only after a bout of baloney from the ‘professional’ media and AFL’s CEO claiming the booing was racist, did it finally fade. But only temporarily. By the end of the season, the booing was back.




Just like Goodes in his sport, Ali Abbas is one of the A-League’s most talented. This fact alone makes Abbas a target for the boo boys. Add to that the fact that Abbas plays the game with a frightening passion, producing animated goal celebrations, pumping his fists and berating opponents when the occasion suits. Quite frankly the A-League needs more like him.
But come Saturday evening at Parramatta, Western Sydney fans will unleash hell. Every fist pump and every time he touches the ball, swathes of home fans will remind Ali that they hate him. And the Daily Telegraph feature telling of how affected the Sydney FC attacker was by social media abuse, will only encourage Wanderers fans.



“I just hope from the fans’ point of view that they let him focus on the football,” said Pignata. “It would be nice to think that they will show him some respect for what he has achieved simply in getting back on to the pitch.”

Oh Please! It’s hard to believe that Pignata would be dumb enough to request Wanderers fans be nice to his players. Even in the age of the politically correct, there is no way Abbas will find Parramatta Stadium to be his ‘happy place‘.

Saturday night just can’t come soon enough for Wanderers fans, and Ali Abbas will find himself at the centre of the storm. He can thank Sydney FC CEO Tony Pignata for that.
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