PORT FC BLACKOUT - THE KIRIN EARN 3 POINTS
SCG Muangthong United were all set for the Sunday 6PM kickoff. The pre-match warm-up had just wrapped up at the PAT Stadium in downtown Bangkok. A sudden bang followed by a cloud of smoke brought everything to a standstill.
A transformer had shorted causing a small explosion, plunging the stadium into twilight darkness. With the clock ticking, technicians tried to find the source of the fault and get the lights back on before kickoff. League rules stipulate that the home team has 60 minutes before the match is officially abandoned.
As the clock turned 7PM and the stadium cloaked in complete darkness, the match was abandoned. The regulations state that if the power failure is due to an act of God (Force majeure) such as a lightning strike, or flooding of the pitch, the match is to be rescheduled. Any cause deemed preventable and foreseeable and the home team forfeits.
Such was the decision handed down by the league on Tuesday, and SCG Muangthong United were declared the 2-0 winners, and holders of a valuable 3 points. For rivals Port FC, not only did the club lose the match, but a 50,000 baht fine was imposed. Doubling embarrassing is this was the second such power failure, and Port FC are seeking to play their remaining home games at a neutral ground.
While no team likes to win (or lose) games in this way, the league is committed to ensuring the standards of play are up to professional quality, and a clear message has been sent to all clubs.
SCG MTUTD: Official club news - 4 players called up to the national team.
Saringkan Promsupa, Weerathep Pomphan, Sorawit Panthong, and Suporn Peenagatapho have been called to the 28 man squad for the upcoming FIFA training day as Thailand prepare for the second round of the 2022 World Cup qualifications.
The four were selected after having shown quality and great promise since the season restart.
The complete squad is as follows: Goalkeepers
Peerapong Ruenin Patiwat Khammai Saranon Anuin
Chotipat Poomkaew Shinnaphat Lee-Oh Suriya Singmui Jakkaphan Praisuwan Suphanan Bureerat Saringkan Promsupa Suporn Peenagatapho Nitipong Selanon Thitawee Aksornsri Kevin Deeromram Nukoolkit Krutyai
Phitiwat Sukjitthamakul Ekanit Panya Peeradol Chamrasamee Jaroensak Wonggorn Sorawit Panthong Weerathep Pomphan Pathomphon Charoenrattanaphirom Kanokpon Buspakom Kritsada Kaman Phanupong Phonsa
Adisak Kraisorn Arthit Boodjinda Sittichok Phaso Teeraphol Yoryoei
The national team (known as the War Elephants) will undergo Covid-19 testing on October 5th, and then training is slated during the break in league games from October 7-11.