Sebastian Hassett

Sebastian Hassett

Sebastian Hassett is a football reporter with The Sydney Morning Herald.

Western Sydney Wanderers say fans' walk-out won't distract them against Mariners

Sebastian Hassett The Western Sydney Wanderers' fans are planning to walk out in protest thi Sunday - but the captain and coach are confident it won't distract them.

Sydney FC to request referee Chris Beath be removed from their fixtures

Under siege: A-League referee Chris Beath has upset Sydney FC with his officiating.

Sebastian Hassett The ongoing tension between Sydney FC and controversial referee Chris Beath has boiled over, with Sydney FC ready to submit a claim to Football Federation Australia asking that the official be taken...

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Sydney FC and Wellington Phoenix play out goalless draw in A-League

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 26: Alex Brosque of Sydney FC reacts after an attempt at goal during the round eight A-League match between Sydney FC and Wellington Phoenix at Allianz Stadium on November 26, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Brett Hemmings/Getty Images)

Sebastian Hassett The Cove unveiled a pointed message for those aiming to whip up mass hysteria about football fans, but the on-field product didn't have the same impact as Sydney FC and Wellington played out a...

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Quick turnaround, more heat no problem for Sydney FC, says Sebastian Ryall

Heat is on: Seb Ryall during Sydney FC's scoreless draw with Perth last week.

Sebastian Hassett Sydney FC defender Sebastian Ryall is adamant his teammates will be in fine physical condition for Thursday night's clash against Wellington Phoenix, despite the short turnaround from Saturday's 0-0...

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FFA didn't leak 'shame file' on banned fans, says CEO David Gallop

Sebastian Hassett Football Federation Australia chief executive David Gallop has defended the organisation's stern stance on troublemakers, albeit claiming that the published list of 198 banned spectators was not...

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Team spirit driving Western Sydney Wanderers' revival, says Andreu

Western Sydney Wanderer's midfielder Andreu.

Sebastian Hassett The training ground at the Western Sydney Wanderers hasn't always been the friendliest place over the past year, but midfielder Andreu says team spirit has powered their past four victories and can...

Negative A-League tactics motivated by saving coaching jobs, says Graham Arnold

''Some coaches are setting out to not lose'': Sydney FC coach Graham Arnold.

Sebastian Hassett Sydney FC coach Graham Arnold has decried the wave of defensive football in the A-League as a direct result of coaches using risk-averse tactics in a bid to save their jobs.

Broadcaster Alan Jones compares A-League arrests to 'terrorism in Paris'

Broadcaster Alan Jones compared A-League arrests to

Sebastian Hassett Controversial broadcaster Alan Jones might have some explaining to do to his listeners this week after comparing arrests at A-League games to the recent terrorism attacks in Paris.

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Wellington Phoenix won't die wondering about future, says coach Ernie Merrick

Ruled out: Ben Sigmund heads the ball during the round seven A-League match between Western Sydney Wanderers and Wellington Phoenix at Pirtek Stadium.

Sebastian Hassett Wellington Phoenix coach Ernie Merrick hasn't let the prospect of his club's potential death deter him, saying he's already planning ahead for next season

A-League: Four wins from four, but Wanderers' coach Tony Popovic wants more

Frederico Piovaccari of the Wanderers celebrates scoring a goal against Wellington Phoenix at Pirtek Stadium on Saturday.

Sebastian Hassett Western Sydney Wanderers coach Tony Popovic is a notoriously hard man to please - and not even four consecutive wins will be enough to satisfy his hunger for success.

Sydney FC chief Tony Pignata urges FFA to prevent meltdowns after Perth Glory debacle

Wilting: Richard Garcia and Alex Gersbach look spent during the round seven A-League match between Perth Glory and Sydney FC at nib Stadium.

Sebastian Hassett The sweltering and potentially dangerous scenes seen at Perth's NIB Stadium on Saturday afternoon could be avoided if the FFA shifted more matches into nighttime slots, according to Sydney FC chief...

Mark Bridge's late goal lifts Western Sydney Wanderers over Wellington Phoenix

Opening salvo: Frederico Piovaccari celebrates scoring a goal during the round seven A-League match between Western Sydney Wanderers and Wellington Phoenix at Pirtek Stadium.

Sebastian Hassett If there were any doubts about whether the Western Sydney Wanderers were back in town, they were officially dispelled the moment Mark Bridge cut back onto his right boot.

Sydney FC's Brandon O'Neill heads home to show Perth what they're missing

Happy recruit: Brandon O'Neill challenges Newcastle Jet Enver Aldovic.

Sebastian Hassett Less than two months into his Sydney FC career, many in the A-League community have been asking themselves the same question: why on earth did Perth Glory let Brandon O'Neill go?

Perth scorcher won't melt Sydney FC's resolve against Glory, says Graham Arnold

Heating up: Sydney FC head coach Graham Arnold.

Sebastian Hassett Perth Glory and Sydney FC won't just be facing each other on Saturday night, with the temperature set to hit 36 degrees.

Western Sydney Wanderers young gun Jonathan Aspropotamitis gives Tony Popovic selection headache

Sebastian Hassett If Western Sydney Wanderers coach Tony Popovic thought he had settled on his long-term starting side this season, he might want to think about moving the magnets around one more time.

Jordan's stunning World Cup slip-up means Socceroos are set to advance

Crucial win: Aaron Mooy battles for possession during Australia's win over Bangladesh.

Sebastian Hassett A shock defeat to Jordan - who only conquered the Socceroos last month - has virtually assured Australia of a place in the next round of World Cup qualifying.

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The five things Steven Lowy must do to succeed as FFA chairman

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 17:  Newly elected chairman of the FFA Steven Lowy speaks to the media as FFA CEO David Gallop laughs during a press conference following today's FFA Annual General Meeting at the FFA Offices on November 17, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

Sebastian Hassett As version two of the Lowy regime begins at the FFA under the rein Steven Lowy, here's the five key issues that will determine whether his tenure is a success or failure.

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New FFA boss Steven Lowy: Dad was great, but I'll be my own man

Following in his father's footsteps: Frank and Steven Lowy.

Sebastian Hassett While incoming FFA chairman Steven Lowy acknowledges some think he's been given the game's top job as an act of nepotism, he's determined to prove he's the right man to lead the sport forward.

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We're as good as Melbourne Victory, says Sydney FC's Alex Brosque

Confident captain: Sydney FC's Alex Brosque thinks his side can beat Melbourne Victory.

Sebastian Hassett Melbourne Victory might hold all of the available domestic titles in their trophy cabinet right now but Sydney FC captain Alex Brosque believes his side are now just as good as the A-League champions.

Sydney FC v Melbourne Victory - The Lowdown

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Sebastian Hassett Sydney FC v Melbourne Victory - The Lowdown