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FC Phuket fans hurl items and abuse, and it costs the club 15,000 baht

FC Phuket Fans' Sulking Earns 15,000 Baht Fine

Thursday, March 24, 2011
FC PHUKET has been fined 15,000 baht because fans abused the referee and officials and hurled items onto the pitch during last weekend's home game.

The pressures of Division One appear to be getting to the Hulk's growing green army of fans, who were understood to be planning to call for the coach's departure if Phuket hadn't won.

The handsome 3-1 victory probably eases some of the pain but FC Phuket is not a cash-rich club that can afford to pay too many 15,000 baht fines in any season.

Defending the fans was manager Naruebet Ayupong. The FC Phuket boss filed an appeal to the Thai Premier League Company in Bangkok, making the point that yelling at the referee is a normal habit at football games around the world.

He did accept, though, that throwing items onto the pitch was not acceptable conduct. Whether anything apart from mostly drunk water bottles was hurled wasn't plain.

Khun Naruebet said the problem arose over sponsors' vinyl banners that are usually displayed at halftime.

Rain doused the first half of the match against JW Rangsit FC. The Hulks return to their home ground at Surakul Stadium in Phuket City again at 6pm this Sunday for another must win, this time confronting the bottom side, RBAC Mittraphap.

FC Phuket, in its first season in Division One, is looking for a premiership and so far appears to have a good chance of achieving its aim.
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I was at last week's game and don't recall seeing anything hurled on to the pitch. Let's not say our "sulking earned a fine" and instead we were "fined for sulking". The latter does not imply guilt as does the former.

Posted by harley hobgood on March 25, 2011 14:21

Editor Comment:

Guilt is not being denied.


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