Football fan association dissolves following club's lackluster game

By Hieu Luong   August 10, 2023 | 01:50 am PT
Football fan association dissolves following club's lackluster game
Members of the Nam Dinh Fan Association during a home game for Nam Dinh FC at Thien Truong Stadium. Photo by VnExpress/Lam Thoa
The Nam Dinh Fan Association announced its dissolution on Wednesday, a week after Nam Dinh FC's unconvincing 2-1 defeat to Cong An Ha Noi (CAHN) in the V. League.

The decision was made after a meeting on the same day with the participation of 27 people in the association's executive committee and representatives of fan clubs in Nam Dinh Province.

As a result, 100% of the members agreed to dissolve and stop all supporting activities in football matches of Nam Dinh FC.

In addition, the association will hand over its office at Thien Truong Stadium to the stadium manager and change its fan page name to "Nam Dinh Football Past and Present."

It all started after Nam Dinh FC lost 2-1 against CAHN on August 2 at Thien Truong Stadium in the V. League. In that match, though there was still a chance in the race for the title, Nam Dinh replaced eight positions in their regular starting lineup and their performance on the field was considered unusual and lacking fighting spirit.

The home fans at Thien Truong Stadium reacted by throwing drums on the field and burning jerseys during the match. On August 3, the fan association returned a large number of club jerseys and placed them in front of the office of Nam Dinh Green Steel Football JSC, the club’s owner. After the incident, the club have not reached out to the fan association.

After the match, many fans announced that they would not come to the stadium to support Nam Dinh until the end of the season.

In the most recent game of Nam Dinh, a group of fans were present at Lach Tray Stadium, but were not part of the fan association.

Nam Dinh fan association was established in the 2000s and has gone through many ups and downs with the club, from finishing second in the 2004 V. League and winning the 2007 National Cup to being relegated in 2010 and 2011.

After eight years, Nam Dinh returned to the V. League but often struggled with relegation battles. In early 2022, Nam Dinh had a new sponsor and bought many quality players with an ambition to compete for higher positions.

Aside from Nam Dinh fans rage quitting, Song Lam Nghe An fans also took action in the V. League last year due to the club's lackluster performance. Instead of cheering for their club, thousands of SLNA fans went to Binh Duong Stadium to watch Ha Tinh FC play instead.

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