Following the recent news that official Port supporters’ groups were planning to boycott Saturday’s away game at old rivals Muangthong Utd, in protest at the home club’s inability to guarantee fan safety, the two clubs have announced a joint away fan ban for both games between the clubs this season.
Those Port fans who were still planning to go to the game will now have to watch it on a big screen which will be set up at the PAT which, if the last big screen game is any indication (home to Ubon in late 2016), will be a right old laugh. Possibly not as much fun as drinking Chang under a flyover whilst dodging flying bottles, but fun all the same.
It is of course a shame that away fans won’t be able to attend and take part in arguably Thai football’s fiercest rivalry, but a supporter boycott would have been rather embarrassing for MTU and caused them to ‘lose face’, and we can’t possibly have that, and so an away fan ban spares the blushes of all concerned. There’s also the risk of the two clubs being docked points should any trouble occur, and with La Pang investing upwards of 100mBHT in her squad this year, that’s not something she wants to happen.
See you at the PAT on Saturday (18:00) then!
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