Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat has backed the club's supporters amid the "ill-informed, uneducated and agenda-driven comments" from mainstream media in the past week.
Sydney-based journalist Rebecca Wilson published the alleged 198 members of Football Federation Australia's (FFA) ban list last Sunday, with radio broadcaster Alan Jones then comparing A-League violence to the recent terrorist attacks in Paris.
Victory's active supporters group will hold a mid-game walk-out on Saturday in protest of FFA's appeals process for banned fans and their lack of support against negative comments in the media.
And Muscat has backed the club's fans as the reigning champions look to move back to the top of the A-League table.
"I don't think it's a distraction for us, and certainly not for myself, because we're here to concentrate and get our performance right and we've prepared very, very well," Muscat said on Friday.
"But what I will say, and I'll touch on it once, is that the last week, what we have heard and seen unfortunately is a lot of ill-informed, uneducated and agenda-driven comments and the best thing we can do is do what we do best here at Melbourne Victory.
"The facts are in the last four years we've increased our membership by 50 per cent, we've increased our attendances by 50 per cent, which the majority of those are under 18 years old.
"What we have done, in doing that, is create the best live match day experience in any code, home and away, in any sport, so we're pretty proud of that.
"We'll move on from those comments and the best thing we can do as a football club, and everyone involved in it, is come out tomorrow night, first and foremost, play some exciting football and entertaining football and once again reiterate, that atmosphere that we create in that stadium, that's what we're looking forward to."
Victory face Adelaide United on Saturday night at Etihad Stadium in round eight of the 2015-16 A-League season.comments