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    Put a stop to Ultras

    News, Editorial, Published on 07/09/2015

    » Thai "football fans" involved in the stadium altercation in Laos on Friday took their form of casual violence to a new level, and created an international incident. The confrontation between the so-called "Ultras Thailand" and Lao police has embarrassed the country. The Thai embassy in Vientiane had to become involved, and wrote what seemed to be an official apology to Laos. The embassy deserves praise for working to free the 25 arrested Thai "fans" and quickly cooling down this divisive incident.

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    Worawi should put game's dignity first

    News, Editorial, Published on 18/10/2015

    » After 18 years at the pinnacle of football in Thailand, the greatest legacy Worawi Makudi can now leave the beautiful game is a dignified departure. During his controversial tenure as head of the Football Association of Thailand (FAT) and as a former executive member of the world governing body Fifa, enough mud has been flung at Mr Worawi for him to require an ice-pick to clean his boots.

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    Doping woes run deep

    News, Editorial, Published on 17/11/2015

    » The Russian athletic officials and a few track and field competitors have been caught doping. But that is only the tip of the iceberg. The Russians got away with it for a long time by bribing the top international track and field officials who knew they were cheating. The head of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), a previously admired man and a UK sporting hero, knew nothing about this during three years in charge. Those involved with doping must be banned for life, but this dirty business goes much further, and has many more victims.

  • News & article

    Satun penalty well deserved

    News, Editorial, Published on 28/11/2015

    » The three-year ban against Satun United after their fans attacked match officials last weekend is a steep price to pay for the football team. The severity of the sanction, however, should remind everyone of how important it is to play by the rules.

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    Pirates are hurting Thais

    News, Editorial, Published on 15/02/2016

    » The annual crackdown on copyright, patent and trademark violations, usually timed for February, kicked off last week. The general reason to conduct these campaigns is to impress the authors of a yearly report, and worldwide rankings, on violations by the US Trade Representative. For the past six years, this report has put Thailand in the "dirty dozen" category of worst offenders. The next report in early May is likely to be the same.

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    After all Rio's drama, clean up the Games

    News, Editorial, Published on 14/08/2016

    » In the first week of the Rio Olympics we have already seen the "good, the bad and the ugly" of the world's greatest sporting carnival.

  • News & article

    Football fans find outlet

    News, Editorial, Published on 24/10/2016

    » The general mourning instructions issued by the government after the passing of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej were flexible and sensible. There were always going to be exceptions. As Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha advised, don't mock people in "different clothes"--they may be in a mandatory work uniform. As Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam said, think the best of everyone and don't be judgemental of exactly how to refer to the late King.

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    Life back to normal

    News, Editorial, Published on 14/11/2016

    » It is a coincidence, but a fitting one, that today marks arguably the most beautiful and restrained holiday on the national calendar. Loy Krathong 2016 coincides with the end of the first month without the beloved monarch. The full supermoon tonight shines on the end of a difficult and intense month of official mourning for King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Fittingly, millions will participate or watch tonight as Thais reflect on the past, then release their krathong in a symbolic hope for an improved future.

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    Kick the chaos out of football

    News, Editorial, Published on 22/12/2016

    » Spectators at last Saturday's football match at Bangkok's Rajamangala National Stadium were very lucky indeed that nobody was injured by the throwing of flares. Luck, however, should not be something they need to rely on though strict security measures are. The safety of the public at sports and other events must not be compromised.

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    Take tourism a step further

    News, Editorial, Published on 07/01/2017

    » The continued increase in tourist arrivals speaks for itself. Thailand's potential for tourism development remains high and there is no reason why the country should not take every opportunity to capitalise on this bustling industry.

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