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Thailand bans cheering at World Cup qualifier

FOOTBALL: Thailand's football association said Friday it would ban cheering at next month's World Cup qualifier against Australia as the nation mourns the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej. 


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Saturday 22 October 2016, 11:53AM


Thailand playing against Myanmar at 2015 SEA Games. Photo: Voxsports Voxer / Flickr
Thailand playing against Myanmar at 2015 SEA Games. Photo: Voxsports Voxer / Flickr

Thailand initially tried to change the venue of the November 15 match after HM Bhumibol Adulyadej, the world's longest reigning monarch, died last Thursday, plunging the kingdom into grief. 

But Australia refused the request, according to the Football Association of Thailand (FAT).

The committee mulled banning spectators but has decided to allow fans with restrictions on cheering and dress, said FAT spokesman Patit Suphaphongs. 

"All cheering and props such as drums, amplifiers and banners will be banned inside the stadium," he told AFP.

Fans will also be barred from showing which team they support. 

"They must wear black, white, grey or other sombre colours," said Patit, adding that donning black ribbons will also be acceptable.

Most Thais have been dressed in similar mourning attire since the king's death, with government staff ordered to forgo colours for an entire year. 

Thailand's military has asked the public to "tone down" entertainment for at least 30 days, triggering the cancellation of dozens of sporting events, concerts and other festivals. 

Australia are currently second in Group B of final Asian qualifying for a place at Russia 2018, while Thailand are desperate for a win after failing to earn a point after four games.

 

 

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swerv | 25 October 2016 - 08:52:22

Kurt: Show some respect.
What is wrong with you man?

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Kurt | 24 October 2016 - 12:44:48

Thai government asked people to tone down at least 30 days.
His respected majesty King Bhumibol passed away on October 13.
The match is on November 15, that is 33 days later, so?

I have no idea how many Australians like to come to Thailand to watch the came.
But how to prevent Australian fans to show that they support their team?  
And restrictions on cheering?
How about al this when Australia wins the game?
All so weird. 
Thailand should withdraw their football team from the World Cup if they not feel comfortable to play a game in international thinking context at this time.
The 'outside' world will respect that.

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Rorii | 22 October 2016 - 13:11:23

Well, that's my laugh of the day... good luck on banning cheering.

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