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
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.”