12 Mar 2015

Wanderers coach confirms striker charge

7:17 am on 12 March 2015

The Western Sydney Wanderers A-League footballer Kerem Bulut has reportedly been charged with intimidation following an incident at a McDonald's in Sydney.

Western Sydney Wanderers coach Tony Popovich.

Western Sydney Wanderers coach Tony Popovich. Photo: Photosport

The 23-year-old striker, who joined the Wanderers this season, was charged after an incident at the Auburn fast food restaurant.

McDonald's is a sponsor of the A-League side.

It has been reported that Bulut was with a group of friends on Tuesday evening when the staff allegedly asked them to leave.

The group allegedly then told the store manager that they should take the argument outside.

Bulut reportedly presented himself to Auburn police yesterday, just hours before his side was due to play Melbourne City in Parramatta, and was charged with one count of intimidation before being granted conditional bail.

The Wanderers coach Tony Popovic said he was made aware of the incident yesterday afternoon.

"He was stood down from the game due to that incident," Popovic said.

"Now it's with the club and the authorities and it's in their hands. That's it. That's all I can tell you at this point."

The Wanderers won the match, beating Melbourne City 3-2 for their second win of the season to climb off the bottom of the A-League table.

The club issued a statement last night that said Bulut was not considered for selection in the match due to the incident.

"The club is working closely with police, Football Federation Australia and the player's management and can make no further comment at this time," the statement said.

He will appear in Burwood Local Court on April 7.

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