Thai Port FC have urged critics not to label their fans as "hooligans" following their brawl with Bangkok Glass FC supporters at a Thai Premier League match on Sunday.
Several people were injured including Glass manager Supasin Leelarit after the game at Leo stadium, which was the last of the season.
The meaningless match ended in a scoreless draw and Thai Port complained that they had two good goals disallowed by the referee.
Critics were quick to point a finger at Thai Port, whose fans attacked Muang Thong supporters in the King's Trophy match earlier this year.
Thai Port bosses held a press conference yesterday at their PAT stadium to call for "fairness" from critics and concerned parties.
"We are not here to make an excuse," said Port FC chairman Pichate Mankong.
"We want people to understand that every team has "hot-blooded" fans. Many critics attack us although they do not know the facts."
He claimed several Port supporters were also injured and robbed in the incident.
"Some information is not true. We don't want people to see us as hooligans," he said.
Port vice chairman Jetsadaporn Na Phatthalung said only a small number of Port supporters were involved in the fight and they claimed they were provoked.
Bangkok Glass said there were more Port fans at the match than the number of the allocated tickets.
Port officials then asked Glass to allow their fans to sit in the home team zone and they promised to look after them, according to the club.
Supasin and Jetsadaporn gave their side of the story to Thai Premier League chairman Vichit Yamboonruang yesterday.
After the meeting, Vichit said the TPL was collecting information and evidence and that would be forwarded to the Football Association of Thailand's (FAT) disciplinary committee. A ruling is expected to be made next week
COMMENT - I'm usually fairly critical of this guy's work but this was a good piece. And fair play to that single Bangkok Glass fan fronting the visiting supporters