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Nichols fined $1k for two-fingered salute

  • Nichols fined $1k for two-fingered salute

    SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 24: Mitch Nichols of the Wanderers gestures to the Roar supporters as he celebrates victory during the A-League Semi Final match between the Western Sydney Wanderers and the Brisbane Roar at Pirtek Stadium on April 24, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Western Sydney playmaker Mitch Nichols has been fined $1000 for his two-fingered salute to Brisbane fans following last month's thrilling A-League semi-final win over the Roar.

Football Federation Australia (FFA) cited Nichols after the former long-serving Brisbane player ran 50 metres at Pirtek Stadium to deliver the offensive gesture and blow kisses towards the Brisbane fans.

Despite the Roar filing a formal complaint he remained free to play in the grand final against Adelaide United on May 1, only being required to submit his response to FFA last Wednesday - three days after the 3-1 loss.

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The FFA on Tuesday finally determined Nichols had breached its National Code of Conduct and sanctioned the 26-year-old to the tune of $1000.

It took into consideration that he was remorseful and apologetic for his behaviour.

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