Nakhon Pathom face ban for referee attack (29/12/2010)

Nakhon Pathom could be banned as punishment for crowd violence at the end of the promotion playoff game against Si Sa Ket on Saturday which left the referee severely injured.

A ban would be the heaviest punishment ever meted out to a Thai football club. Emerging from a meeting of the subcommittee tasked with investigating the incident, Thailand Premier League president Vichit Yamboonrueng said Nakhon Pathom's league membership could be annulled.

"We found the Nakhon Pathom camp guilty of several charges - from verbal abuse of officials to assault on the referee. Under the current rules, the TPL has the right to punish them with a fine of Bt100,000 for the team officials' involvement in the attack on the referee, as well as Bt50,000 for fan violence.

"Our other options include ordering them to play their home games behind closed doors for at least 10 matches next season, or suspension from the competition for one year. Whether there are 17 or 18 teams in the league doesn't matter because we can handle it technically.

"Apart from that, we can annul the club's league membership. In this case, though, we can only propose such action - only the FAT [Football Association of Thailand] executive board has the power to decide on this matter," said Vichit.

Nakhon Pathom will learn their fate after the meeting of a committee headed by PolGeneral Worapong Chiewpreecha today .

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