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Wanderers warn fans against masks

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The Western Sydney Wanderers have cautioned supporters against concealing their identity at Wednesday night’s match against Wellington at Parramatta Stadium.

Some supporters covered their faces with scarves and masks at last weekend’s away match against Melbourne Victory, which was marred by violence and flare-throwing.

Wanderers chairman Lyall Gorman says he wants the practice to stop.

Western Sydney goalkeeper Ante Covic says the vast majority of the club’s supporters do the right thing.

“If you look at the overall picture I think the majority are doing a fantastic job out there to create an unbelievable atmosphere at a football game here in Australia,” Covic said.

“So the majority are fantastic, they love to support the team, and you have to look at the big picture.”

The Wanderers are again expected to tinker with their starting line-up to take on Wellington.

The team made several changes before last weekend’s 1-1 draw with Melbourne Victory.

Western Sydney coach Tony Popovic says it is important to keep the squad fresh during a busy run of fixtures.

“Yeah there’s probably a good chance we’ll change some more players,” Popovic said.

“You know three games in nine days is very difficult and you know we’ve got a squad, we’ve built a squad we believe is very capable to handle that and regardless of who plays we feel we can get the job done.”