Maradona's team defends scuffle with heckling fans

By the Associated Press | April 2, 2012 | 10:07 AM EDT

FILE- In this file photo dated Sunday, March 11, 2012, Argentinean Diego Maradona, coach of the United Arab Emirates soccer team Al Wasl, during a semi final match against Al Ahli, in Dubai, UAE. Maradona is reported Friday March 30, 2012, to have been restrained by security staff as he confronted opposition fans in the stands on Thursday march 29, seemingly angry at threats and abuse allegedly directed toward wives and girlfriends of his Al Wasl players. Maradona is reported to ahve called the opposition Al Shabab fans "cowards" after they heckled the women during his team's 2-0 loss.(AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili, FILE)

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Diego Maradona's club says the coach did the "honorable thing" by storming into the stands to confront fans who were taunting his girlfriend and the wives of players.

The acting head of the Dubai-based Al Wasl club said on the team website Monday that Maradona's anger was "understandable" and he "did the honorable thing" last weekend. Abdullah al-Bishr also apologized to the Argentina great, who took over as coach last year.

Maradona was restrained Thursday after jostling with fans of rival club Al Shabab who heckled the women during his team's 2-0 loss. Maradona called the Al Shabab fans "cowards."