Anyone following news related to Thailand for the past few months are aware of our shaky relationship between the Singaporeans… if not let me sum it up.
There’s Singapore’s Temasek Holding taking over Thai’s telecom AIS scandal, AIS Eavesdropping theory, Former PM Thaksin making a trip to Singapore and given audience to Deputy PM S Jayakumar, CNN’s Thaksin’s interview in Singapore…. and so on.
And the latest of course,
The penalty that wasn’t a penalty in the Asean Football Federation (AFF) Championship match between Singapore and Thailand. With the score 1 – 1, 8 minutes left to play Thailand’s Siriwong was assessed a penalty on Singapore’s Noh Alam Shah in the box. The replays showed very little contact, but it was too late. Singapore was awarded a penalty kick.
Thailand protested the call, refusing to return on the field for 15 minutes. The Thai crowd went ballistic too, and for a second I thought Singapore was about to have a riot on it’s hands. At this point, I received a number of I hate Singapore text messages to confirm my buddies’ view of the city-state.
Eventually, Thai team returned on to the field and Singapore made the penalty kick, giving Singapore a 2-1 advantage and the game.
Also noted, this is Thailand’s first EVER defeat in 30 years against Singapore! Bring out Holigans!
So, the stage is set for 2nd match in Bangkok, Thailand. I’m sure the Thai people will give the Singaporean a warm welcome at Supachalsai stadium. Security is sure to be tight.
I smell a Singapore flag bearing mob coming on.
Anyhow, go support the Thai team and fight the injustice. If anything go to take pictures, and enjoy the rowdy, fiery crowd atmosphere that rarely ever happens in professional Thai sporting event.
I’ll be there with War Paint on, will you? :)
Tickets are 100, 200 and 300 baht and will be on sale at the Football Association of Thailand (FAT) office on Saturday from 9am to 5pm and Sunday from 9am to 12 noon and 2pm until the match kick-off.
For a recap of the game: