Upset with the result of the Thai Premier League (TPL) match, and accusing him of not being fair, a group of Rayong fans charged at Mr Thanom as the unfortunate referee was leaving the stadium after the game.
“At first a group of angry fans surrounded the referee after the game ended and demanded explanations from Thanom,” said Suwit Nim-onnom, the match commissioner, who witnessed the incident.
“Then about 10 to 20 men came from behind us as we were getting to our vehicles, attempting to attack Thanom. We tried to stop them but we were outnumbered and could only hold some of them off.”
“The other [fans] went to Thanom and punched him in the face with force that almost threw Thanom off his feet. I tried to call security staff but they had left the stadium and gone home. There were only a few team staff around who helped stop the enraged fans”
“Even after Thanom got in his car to drive off, those fans went to his car and vandalised it before Thanom escaped,” Mr Suwit said.
Mr Suwit thinks that fans were angry at Thanom because he had given Rayong FC’s star player Prawet Horcharoen a red card in the match.
TPL President Dr Wichit Yaemboonrueang said the attack was a very serious offense against a TPL referee, and Rayong FC would be punished by the league authorities without any probation or appeal.