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PHUKET: FC Phuket will kick off the second half of the Thai Premier League (TPL) Division One 2011 season this weekend in Nakhon Pathom.

Phuket face Rajapracha FC, or the “Crowns”, who sit 7th in the table, two places ahead of Phuket in 9th position.

Speaking to the Phuket Gazette this afternoon, club secretary Soranun Sanae, clarified details of this weekend’s league fixture.

“Kickoff will be at 4pm on Sunday, July 31 and the match will be played at Mahidol University Salaya campus football stadium,” confirmed Soranun.

“There’s been some confusion on many websites about our schedule. Rajapracha had requested to postpone the game from July 30 to 31,” he explained.

Phuket’s last encounter with Rajapracha was on February 26 at Surakul stadium, ending in a disappointing 1-1 draw.

However, a few days later Phuket fans rejoiced when the TPL amended the draw to a victory following protests about Rajapracha fielding six foreign players on the pitch, when rules permit a maximum of five.

The 5,000 Phuket supporters who went to that match will not be outshone this Sunday, however, since MU Salaya stadium has a maximum capacity of 2,800 seats.

The ‘Crowns’ have attracted an average crowd of 1,000 supporters in their six home games this season, compared to Phuket who have drawn an average crowd of 5,740 in ten home matches.

Nonetheless, fan turn out – or lack thereof – will not be Phuket’s focus with three upcoming away matches.

Soranun, who travels and coordinates the team on the road said, “Our FC Phuket squad is in full form and we are ready to win every game.”

“After the game against Rajapracha, the squad will stay in Bangkok for a month before coming back to Phuket for a home game against Bangkok United on September 10.”

“During the month’s stay in Bangkok we have matches scheduled against BBCU, JW Rangsit and RBAC FC,” he explained.

Other TPL Division One games scheduled for this weekend are as follows:

Saturday, July 30, at 6pm
Chainat – J.W. Rangsit
Buriram FC – Bangkok Utd
AFUTD – RBAC

Sunday, July 31 at 4pm
CCFC – Songkhla
Samut Prakarn Customs – Chiangmai
Bangkok FC – Thai Honda

Sunday, July 31 at 6pm
Suphanburi – BBCU
Saraburi – PTT Rayong

Keep checking the Phuket Gazette Online for the latest FC Phuket updates.

— Steven W. Layne



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Police searching for the killer after shooting near Saphan Hin

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A Thai man has been shot dead near Saphan Hin in eastern Phuket earlier today. The arrest warrant has already been issued for the suspect.

The Wichit Police were notified of the incident on Rattanakosin 200 pi Road near Saphan Hin at 3.40am this morning.

Police and rescue workers arrived to find the body of 30 year old Teerasak Saeong from Phuket covered with blood and laying on the road. Two bullet wounds were found on his right and left temple.

Seven bullets were also found around Mr Teerasak’s body. Nearby they found a motorbike. His body was taken to Vachira Phuket Hospital for full autopsy and identification.

Witnesses told police that Mr Teerasak was stopped on his motorbike and was talking with the suspect who was in a black car. The suspect shot at Mr Teerasak and sped away.

Mr Teerasak was the son of a member of Rassada’s Municipal Council. At this stage police believe that the two had personal conflicts. Police are now searching for the driver of the vehicle who shot Mr Teerasak.

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Danish tourist dies in Phuket road accident

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A male Danish tourist, driving a motorbike, has died after colliding with a truck in front of a market in Kathu.

The Kathu Police were notified of the incident on Phra Phuket Keaw Road in front of the new outdoor Vintage Market in Kathu at 3am yesterday morning.

Police and Kusoldharm rescue workers arrived at the U-turn to find the truck and driver waiting. The driver of the truck was 36 year old Sontaya Suchata waiting in the middle of the U-turn area.

Nearby they found a damaged Honda PCX and 51 year old Claus Pathuel Jensen, a Danish national from Glostrup. He was found unconscious under the truck. He was rushed to Vachira Phuket Hospital but was pronounced dead upon arrival.

Police report that the truck was going to take a U-turn outside the market area. The truck driver says he was unaware that Mr Jensen was coming from behind in the right lane. The motorbike was unable to avoid the collision with the truck and Mr Jensen PCX ploughed into the rear of the vehicle.

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Australian woman deported for overstaying visa by over 100 days

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PHOTOS: Facebook/Claire Johnson

An Australian woman, who was caught overstaying her visa by 111 days, will be released from detention and deported by Thai authorities tonight.

She came to the media’s attention on Monday after sending urgent messages to a friend saying that she was being taken to a detention centre and that “they are taking my phone”.

46 year old Claire Amelia Johnson is an Australian Gold Coast resident. She will depart Bangkok on a QANTAS flight scheduled to arrive in Sydney tomorrow (Friday) morning.

She was due to return to Australia more than a week ago but on Monday evening sent messages to her friend Juliet Potter and told her that she was in an immigration detention centre in Bangkok and begged her to please “help me”.

Read The Thaiger story about her desperate pleas HERE.

Ms Johnson had been running a medical tourism business called Cosmetic Holidays International that offered cosmetic packages in Phuket”.

The business was voluntarily deregistered with the Australian Securities Commission in May 2017, after five years of operation, but her social media accounts continued to promote her cosmetic-surgery tourism business.

Thailand’s immigration chief, Surachate Hakparn, told Australia’s Fairfax media that Ms Johnson had been arrested, as well as fined, and would be deported after overstaying her tourist visa by more than 100 days.

“My Immigration Department will send her to Australia. She leaves tonight.”

Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade would say only that it was “providing consular assistance to an Australian woman detained in Thailand”, without naming Claire.

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