Security beefed up as FA braces for King's Cup trouble (26/01/2011)

Sunday's King's Trophy match between Muang Thong United and Chonburi FC will take place under heavy security at Supachalasai National stadium, with some 500 policemen deployed to guard against the kind of violence that marred last year's fixture .

The traditional prelude to the domestic season, which pits the Thailand Premier League champions against the FA Cup winners, was hit by violent clashes on and off the field between Thai Port FC and Muang Thong supporters that left dozens injured.

To prevent a repeat, the Football Association of Thailand has beefed up security measures and banned fans from bringing objects such as bottles and flares into the stadium.

FA general secretary Ongart Kohsinkha said the association would do everything in it could to ensure a peaceful match. "There will be no trouble before, during or after the game," he assured reporters. "We want to ensure the match portrays a good image of Thai football this time.

"Each set of supporters will sit in separate zones of the stadium, as they did for the finals of the League Cup and FA Cup."

Responding to reports that Thai Port fans were seeking to buy tickets allocated to Chonburi, Ongart said the issue was beyond the control of his organisation.

"We cannot prohibit Thai Port supporters from doing that because every fan has a right to watch the game. However, if those fans cause any problems, the club will be held responsible of their actions."

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