Two charged after alleged vandalism halts Sydney trains after Matildas-England semi-final

img credit google

Two men have been charged after crucial rail signalling equipment was damaged in Sydney overnight

img credit google

stranding thousands of Matildas fans at stalled train stations following the FIFA Women's World Cup semi-final against England.

img credit google

Shortly before 10.30pm, Sydney Trains began warning travellers of delays on what eventually became the majority of train lines as a result of power supply issues at Ashfield.

img credit google

Police said they were called to Ashfield station at about 11pm after reports of malicious damage.

img credit google

A 47-year-old man was arrested nearby at about 1am, and a 33-year-old man was arrested a short time later.

img credit google

Both men were charged with a range of offences including aggravated break and enter, destroying or damaging property and endangering

img credit google

Police will allege in court that the two men broke into a restricted transport facility and damaged critical signalling infrastructure at the site.

img credit google

The lengthy delays poured salt on the wounds of devastated Sydney football fans after Australia's heartbreaking 3-1 loss to England.

img credit google

The waits sparked fury among fans, who complained on social media of a lack of communication and failure to prepare

img credit google