Sydney FC has denied purchasing a Western Sydney Wanderers-themed domain after being accused in a bizarre Facebook exchange.
Newcastle-based digital company Sticks used the social media platform to accuse the Sky Blues of acquiring the 'wswanderers.com' domain - which when accessed goes directly to the official Sydney FC website.
After being tagged in the post, the harbour city side rejected claims they had purchased the domain as 'defamatory' - pointing out that the re-direct could have been done by anyone.
"Anyone can register a domain name and re-direct it to another website it. This wasn't us so your accusation is incorrect and defamatory," Sydney FC commented.
Hard-hitting, investigative "journalism" from Goal shows three other Wanderers-themed domain names also pointing to the Sky Blue's website - 'wswanderersfc.com', 'westernsydneywanderers.com' and westsydneywanderers.com'.
Incidentally, two other domains, 'wsw.com.au' and 'westernsydneywanderers.com.au' remain available for purchase.
Spare a thought for any technologically-challenged Wanderers fans who have innocently stumbled across the website of their derby rival in pursuit of red and black news.
And also think about the hip-pocket of a Sydney FC supporting individual who is forking out hard-earned money simply to inconvenience rival supporters.