Kicking Off at Supachalasai

Maybe it is just a coincidence but there is another story portraying the Thai people (the little people, that is) as violent: this time, it comes from the King’s Cup match at Supachalasai Stadium, during which fighting apparently broke out on and off the pitch. The match was between Muang Thong United and Thai Port – the fighting does not appear to have been very serious but I did not see ze incident and it is easy to imagine spokespersons either downplaying something that was serious or talking up something that was not serious according to their personal motivations.

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JW has been one of the first contributors to this blog before he gave up on it all in April 2010, during a time when Thai society got more and more polarized about political matters because of red-shirt protesters.

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  1. I saw this on the TV last night and it was actually the worst example of football violence I’ve ever seen. Supporters being held while others beat then repeatedly, mostly on the head, with heavy objects (like chairs) or steel bars. More surprising was the presence of many security guards, carrying defensive equipment, who just stood and watched all this happening. It reminded me of the time when the police and military watched and did nothing whilst the PAD fired live ammunition into the crowds during their demonstrations.

    Unfortunately this will not do Thailand any favours when it comes to encouraging tourism and travel warnings from embassies around the world.

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