Things got a bit out of hand in the V.League this week when a group of Hai Phong FC fans decided to throw caution to the wind and halted their league game against Hanoi FC at the Hang Day Stadium.
Hai Phong fans are known for their loyal support to their club, but also for their extreme and sometimes dangerous ways of supporting the Vietnamese club and it was on full display in Hanoi on Sunday.
The first incident took place after Hanoi star Pape Omar Faye’s penalty was saved by Nguyen Van Toan in the 42nd minute with the score goalless. The Hai Phong fans enjoyed their goalkeeper denying the Vietnamese giants the opener and flare after flare well lit on the stands.
With some flares finding its way onto the pitch, the result was that the match was brought to a stop as the stewards tried to bring the situation under control. The game, fortunately, resumed after close to five minutes and with no major damage on or off the field.
But that wasn’t the end of it. Hai Phong opened the scoring at the Hang Day Stadium against the hosts through Hoai Duong Pham in the 57th minute.
The defender ran to the corner where Hai Phong fans were seated leading to wild scenes. And it is fair to say that things spiralled out of control again. And the ‘Red Tide’ indeed engulfed the stadium once again!
It is to note that Hai Phong were also fined last week when their supporter lit flares outside their home ground Lach Tray Stadium. On that occasion, the club had to pay a huge fine of VND 20 million (around US$ 1,000).
It will be a surprise if that amount does not skyrocket following the latest scenes from the Hang Day Stadium.
Hai Phong are currently fifth in the V.League table collecting 10 points from six matches. Hanoi, meanwhile, occupy the second spot with 14 points from six games. Ho Chi Minh City FC lead the standings two points ahead of the Purple-Yellows.