Game over for Thailand? Political interference penalty puts FIFA ban in play

A Move Forward Party (MFP) MP raised considerations a couple of potential ban on Thailand by the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) because of political interference. This comes after Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan allegedly exerted strain on the President of the Football Association of Thailand (FA Thailand) to resign.
The official Facebook page of FA Thailand introduced on July 1 that its president, Somyot Phumphanmuang, had resigned from his position following directions by Deputy PM Prawit.
This instruction was reportedly given in response to a physical altercation between football gamers and coaches from Thailand and Malaysia through the current Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) held in Cambodia.
Prawit’s order has been interpreted as political interference from a 3rd get together which violates FIFA guidelines and could lead on Thailand to be banned from competing in future competitions.
Deputy PM Prawit yesterday, on July 2, gave an interview with the media concerning the issue. He was confident that Thailand would not face a FIFA ban, as he claims to have issued the order not in his capability as deputy PM, but as President of the National Olympic Committee of Thailand underneath the Royal Patronage of His Majesty the King (NOCT).
Prawit stated…
“No, it didn’t involve my deputy PM place at all. I simply requested him to contemplate his place after the SEA Games incident which triggered a adverse impact on the country’s image.”
Minutes said there is a chance Thailand might be banned. Nattacha explained that Somyot’s compliance with Prawit’s instruction was evident. A lot of Thai soccer followers beforehand urged Somyot to resign several occasions due to the efficiency of Thai soccer gamers however he stood steadfast in his convictions.
Nattacha further identified that FA Thailand had failed to improve and Somyot had not taken accountability for the matter.
Similar incidents up to now have led to the banning of soccer teams from various countries. For occasion, Greece confronted a ban when its authorities intervened within the nationwide team’s administration system.
India was banned in 2022 after its soccer association was dissolved by a court order.
In 2018, Indonesia was banned after its government took over the management of the soccer association instead of leaving the affiliation as an impartial organisation..

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