SEOUL - Two South Korean football clubs have been fined after fan violence broke out last week in which a team mascot was beaten up, the K-League said Friday.
The league said Incheon United would be fined five million won (S$5,530) and ordered to play a home game at a neutral venue. Daejeon Citizen will have to pay 10 million won, with their fans banned from two future fixtures.
The fines come after two Citizen fans jumped onto the pitch and beat up United's mascot, which resembles a crane bird, after United beat Citizen 2-1 during a game at the Incheon ground.
A fist fight broke out between rival supporters in the stands while some fans let off fireworks. The two men who beat up the mascot were banned from attending all domestic games at Daejeon.
Citizen fans accused the mascot of gesticulating in an offensive manner in front of them but United denied this.
"What the mascot did was a common routine in every match," a United official told the Korea Times.
United, in a statement on their official website, promised to build higher guardrails in front of seating if violence breaks out again.
Some fans urged United to build metal fences around the pitch. But the club coach Huh Jung-Moo said a change in the mindset of fans is more important.