The country of course is still reeling from the shock defeat to Malaysia that meant the exit of the football team (male) from the SEA Games – when Thailand had expected to continue its run of victories in the tournament.
The Thais needed just a draw against a Malaysian team that had already been well-beaten by Vietnam and did not look all that much cop. Thailand duly went one up early in the second half but then conceded two goals in the last nine minutes to see it all come crashing down in flames – the late goals suggested a lack of fitness in the squad (Thai athletes have, in some cases, had a tendency to enjoy themselves when away from the training pitch) and the manager, Steve Darby, is also being criticized (individuals are always criticized, not systems). He has, to his credit, taken full responsibility for the defeat.
Others have determined that the real reason for defeat is the switch of colours away from the traditional red to yellow. In recent political events, red has become associated with the pro-democracy movement and yellow associated with the violent, extreme right-wing PAD mob, which advocates removing the vote from poor people and starting a war with Cambodia.