Thailand soccer may be DQed from 2012 Olympics

Thailand could be disqualified from the 2012 London Olympic

qualifying tournament for reportedly fielding an ineligible player

in a match against Palestine.

FIFA says it is investigating the case but has not decided if

Thailand broke rules, which could allow Palestine to advance


Thailand eliminated Palestine on penalties in March after a

second-leg match in the West Bank. It was the first competitive

international match played in Palestinian.

However, FIFA is studying whether Thailand midfielder Sucharit

Chanthakul should have served a suspension when he played in the

first leg.

Thailand is scheduled to play Bahrain in a two-leg series on

June 19 and 23 in the second round of Asian qualifying.

Abdel Majid Haja, general secretary of the Palestinian Football

Union, told The Associated Press that it had received confirmation

that it would play Bahrain in June.

”We received an official letter from FIFA and the Asian

football union that Thailand is disqualified due to using a player

who is over age” Haja said. ”Therefore, Thailand lost the match

and now Palestine is back in the competition.”