Melbourne City player mocks Bangkok Glass players’ height during match

Thai football fans are calling for Melbourne City FC to apologise on behalf of a player who mocked the height of two Thai football players during an AFC Champions League match between A-league club Melbourne City and Bangkok Glass, or BG Pathum United FC, at the BG Stadium in Pathum Thani province yesterday.

Melbourne’s 34 year old defender Rostyn Griffiths, originally from Stoke-on-trent in England, was pictured lifting his hand over his eyes mid-match as if to say he couldn’t see the two Bangkok Glass players, or as if he could see something they couldn’t. Either way, he was clearly mocking the height of Worachit “Gym” Kanitsribampen and Sarat “Tang” Yooyen, who are 169 and 168 centimetres tall respectively.

Following the match, which ended in a 0-0 draw, Thai football fans took to Melbourne City FC’s Facebook fan page to express their dissatisfaction with Rostyn’s behavior. These are some of the hundreds of comments from annoyed fans…

“How can you allow something like this to happen?”

“Please apologize for this cause it’s unacceptable for football.”

“Hopefully the chairman or the board of the Melbourne Football Club won’t let the Number 5 behave like this again. And hopefully there will be penalties for your players.”

“Your players have no manners, don’t know sports games, are rude, the club should be punished.”

“Your height can’t help your team beat us. How embarrassing is this, the Australian League Leaders team?”

“No sportsmanship at all.”

Despite posting on Facebook since the uproar began, Melbourne City FC have not yet addressed the behaviour of player number 5.

SOURCE: Thai Rath

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Leah is a translator and news writer for the Thaiger. Leah studied East Asian Religions and Thai Studies at the University of Leeds and Chiang Mai University. Leah covers crime, politics, environment, human rights, entertainment, travel and culture in Thailand and southeast Asia.

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