Asian Football Confederation (AFC) general secretary Peter Velappan believes the club whose fans pelted rubbish at Sing Tao players' families at a league match on Thursday night should be punished. Velappan, speaking in the wake of the ugly incident after reading local newspapers, said: 'The Hong Kong Football Association [HKFA] should punish the club if they can identify the fans.' The trouble started when disappointed spectators began to show their anger at Sing Tao when the Tigers were trailing 2-0 towards the end of the first half. The fans, whom Sing Tao officials claim were South China supporters, nearly struck the two-year-old daughter of Tigers' defender Rudi Henman with a water bottle. 'There's absolutely no reason for such a thing to happen. People should arrive at the game, watch the game and go home in good shape,' Velappan said. 'If the FA failed to assure people that the stadium is a safe place, people won't come to the games any more. 'The HKFA should look into this case very seriously.' HKFA chairman Victor Hui Chun-fui said they would ask the police to video tape spectators at all games in future. 'The incident has damaged the image of Hong Kong soccer. It is not easy to find out who are guilty but with video tapes, we will be able to pick them up,' said Hui. Sing Tao management have blamed South China supporters for starting the incident. 'Who else can they be? They couldn't be Sing Tao or Instant-Dict fans. They were not happy because they wanted Sing Tao to beat Instant-Dict so that South China would win the first-phase [of the league] but we were losing,' said Sing Tao chairman Ng Chung. 'Those spectators are immoral. They even tried to attack little children. 'The police should have done something on the spot but they didn't.' South China team manager Lee Yun-wah refused to be drawn into the controversy. 'Nobody can prove those were our fans and it's not suitable for us to comment.' he said.