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The Thai Premier League has the players, the money and the fans. What seems to be missing in many cases is adequate security.
A man believed to be Nopporn Sirirangsri, left, is seen at Kamphaeng Saen stadium during Saturday’s violence.
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The Thai Premier League (TPL) has grown a lot in the past few years. The teams are more professional and better funded and the crowds are much bigger and more enthusiastic than in the past.
What seems to be missing in many cases is better security. There have been a number of violent incidents at TPL matches, resulting in many injuries.
The latest incident occurred on Saturday in Nakorn Prathom, after a playoff match at Kamphaeng Saen stadium between Nakhon Pathom FC and Si Sa Ket FC. The match, for promotion to the TPL, ended in a 0 – 0 draw, severely damaging the home team’s chances of jumping into the top division.
Nakorn Pathom FC fans were incensed at referee Apisit Unrak who had red-carded two of their players during the match. They accused him of being biased and taking bribes.
The situation quickly got out of control when a large group of fans attacked referee Apisit and Si Sa Ket supporters.
In TV footage of the melee, Flight Sgt Nopporn Sirirangsri, security guard of Nakhon Pathom chairman Chaiya Sasomsap, was seen carrying a gun.
Nopporn now faces charges of assault and carrying a firearm without permission. He turned himself in to police yesterday. He denied the charges and was released on bail, Kamphaeng Saen police said.
Former public health minister Chaiya had called a press conference yesterday but he did not show up. His secretary said he was not in the proper emotional state to talk to the press. However, Mr Chaiya said through his secretary that he was sorry. Chaiya had earlier lashed out at the referee and the Football Association of Thailand (FAT).
Chaiya was quoted by his secretary as saying that he would accept any punishment from the FAT and the TPL. The football authorities are expected to make a ruling on the matter today or Jan 4.
Adapted from a story By Tor Chittinand in today’s Bangkok Post and stories in the Thai-language media.
security – protection; safety from attack, harm, or damage ระบบรักษาความปลอดภั, ความปลอดภัย
professional – showing that somebody is well trained and extremely skilled ที่มีความเชี่ยวชาญ
funded – given money for a particular purpose ได้รับเงินสนับสนุน
enthusiastic – very interested in something or excited about it อย่างสนใจ กระตือรือร้น
missing – not included, often when it should have been ขาดแคลน
violent – involving the use of physical force, with the intention of causing damage to property or injury or death to people รุนแรง
incident – something that happens, usually something bad เหตุการณ์
injury – physical damage done to a person or a part of their body อาการบาดเจ็บ
promotion – moving to a higher level or position, in this case to moving a team up to the top division of the Thai Premier League การเลื่อนตำแหน่ง
draw – a game that ends with both teams or players having the same number of points เสมอกัน
severe – very serious and worrying ที่รุนแรง ที่น่าเป็นห่วง
top division – the highest level, in this case of Thai professional football
incensed – very angry ซึ่งโกรธจัด, แค้นใจ
referee – a person who is in charge of a sports game and who makes certain that the rules are followed ผู้ตัดสิน, กรรมการตัดสิน
biased – unfair; preferring one person, thing, or idea to another in a way that is unfair ลำเอียง
bribe – money or a present given to someone so that they will help you doing something dishonest or illegal สินบน
footage – film or video of a particular subject or event ฟิลม์หรือคลิปภาพยนตร์ หรือวิดีโอ
melee – a large noisy uncontrolled crowd, in which people are moving in different directions and sometimes fighting with each other การต่อสู้การชุลมุน
charge – an official statement accusing someone of committing a crime ข้อหา
assault – attacking someone violently การทำร้ายร่างกาย
firearm – a gun of some type อาวุธปืน
permission – allowing someone to do something การอนุญาต,การอนุมัติ,การยินยอม
turned himself in – surrendered ยอมจำนน
deny – to say that you did not do something that someone has accused you of doing ปฏิเสธ
release – to allow someone to go free ปล่อยตัว
bail – money that is given to a court when someone is allowed to stay out of prison until their trial. If they do not return for the trial, the court keeps the money เงินประกัน; การประกันตัว
news conference – press conference; an official meeting where someone makes a formal statement about a particular issue or event to journalists and answers their questions about it การแถลงข่าว
show up – to arrive at a place แสดงตัว, ปรากฏตัว
state – condition สภาพ
lash out – to criticise someone or something angrily ประนามอย่างรุนแรง
quote – to repeat the words that someone else has said or written ยกคำพูดมา
authorities – people who have the power to make decisions or enforce the law เจ้าหน้าที่ผู้มีอำนาจ
ruling – a formal decision by a court of law or another official organisation คำตัดสิน คำชี้ขาด
matter – a situation or subject which is being dealt with or considered เรื่อง, ภารกิจ, งาน