Nakhon Pathom suffer two-year ban (30/12/2010)

Nakhon Pathom were yesterday hit with a two-year ban from all football competitions following crowd violence in their promotion playoff game on Saturday against Si Sa Ket, which left the referee, Apisit Onrak, severely injured .

Pol General Worapong Chiewpreecha, the Football Association of Thailand vice president, who chaired a meeting of a committee overseeing the case, announced the decision yesterday.

"We decided to suspend Nakhon Pathom from playing in the domestic league for two years and uphold a fine of Bt150,000 as suggested by the subcommittee which investigated the incident. We also punished Thanakorn Kamkoma (Nakhon Pathom player) with a fine of Bt10,000 for abusing the referee.

"Should the club still commit the same offence after they completed the ban, they would be liable for heavier punishment by having its membership annulled. They have the right to appeal but the case would no longer be taken by this committee as the FAT executive board will decide the matter."

Worapong insisted there would be only 17 teams instead of 18 in Thailand Premier League next season should Nakhon Pathom end up winning the promotion to the topflight division.

"If Si Sa Ket are unable to win their final match against Air Force tomorrow (Friday), Nakhon Pathom would win the promotion but cannot be in the league because of the ban. However, we will not promote the team that finished below them."

Dr Vichit Yamboonrueng, the Thailand Premier League Co president, further said the four officials in charge of the game will receive Bt100,000 as compensation.

Nakhon Pathom manager Narong Huayhongthong said the team is considering an appeal against the decision, which he termed as too harsh for the club.

"We're considering an appeal, not against the punishment but to reduce it to only one year. We will put the matter in the agenda of the club's meeting. We cannot do anything much at this stage as we have to wait for the chairman to return from his overseas trip," he said .

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