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FC Phuket unable to fend off Elephant Cavalry charge

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PHUKET: FC PHUKET were defeated 1-0 by Suphanburi FC last night in front of a somewhat rowdy home crowd at Surakul Stadium in Phuket Town.

The game’s only goal came in the 30th minute by the visitor’s Cameroonian import, Ronald Kufoin Djam, who initially flicked the ball to the back post from a corner kick by Santi Chaiyaphauk. The ball was returned to the center of the goal mouth for Djam to head the ball home just under the cross bar.

While both sides saw a handful of opportunities and shots on goal throughout the rest of the match, Surakul’s aged scoreboard – which doesn’t even feature a clock – didn’t budge for the rest of the evening.

The referees were active, however, issuing four yellow cards to the home team with Poramut Krongborisut, Wiratrot Chanteng, Nithirot Sokuma noted in the referee’s book and Kone Adama who was booked for “simulation” after being taken down while driving inside Suphan’s penalty box.

Adama’s booking incensed a number of Phuket fans who questioned the official’s interpretation of the incident.

The visitors also received three yellow cards, namely to Apisak Kongon, Wanmai Settanat and their Ivorian goalkeeper Kouassi Kouassi Bernard, who was finally penalized for time-wasting twice in the five minutes of injury time awarded.

In the final moments of the match, some fans showed their distaste by launching dozens of plastic bottles onto the pitch.

One African Suphanburi player, Gnepa Didi raised his hand in gratitude after taking a swig from a half full bottle of water that was energetically pitched from the Hulks’ main stands.

This gesture instantly neutralized the Hulks whose obscene shouts instantly turned into laughter and applause.

Even the entire Suphanburi team was awarded a final drum and cheer tribute by Phuket fans as their anger had clearly shifted to the officiating.

When the final whistle blew, dozens of unsportsmanlike Phuket fans, refusing to accept defeat, crowded at the field’s sole entrance to clearly intimidate the officials.

This prompted the need for a Police escort to finally accompany the officials off the field.

Clear of relegation threat, and unable to get promotion, Phuket remain in 7th place of the 18 team league.

With the addition of three points, Suphanburi moved from 13th place up to 10th place, now with 38 points and thus nearly clear of any relegation threat.

If Suphanburi can win one of their two remaining matches (two home games against Chainat and Rajpracha), they will likely secure their status in Division One next season, on the condition their goal difference does not depreciate by much. Otherwise, their fate will be decided by how Customs United, Chanthaburi, JW Rangsit and Air Force United finish the season.

Meanwhile, Air Force United likewise moved into 11th place from 14th after beating Rajpracha 1-0 late Wednesday afternoon at Ramkhamhaeng University in Bangkok.

Now with 38 points, Air Force need at least a win and a draw from their four remaining matches to ensure they will not be relegated.

Air Force United are FC Phuket’s next opponents. The two sides will clash on Christmas day (Sunday) at Surakul Stadium. Kick off is set for 6pm.

The Phuket Gazette will inform readers should there be a change to this schedule.

— Steven Layne



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Slow loris released back into Phuket forest

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PHOTOS: Department of National Parks

Officers from of the Khao Phra Thaeo Non-Hunting Area have helped in the release of a slow loris back into the wild yesterday.

The Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation reports that the head of Khao Phra Thaeo Non-Hunting Area, Pongchart Chueahom, yesterday released the slow loris to the Khao Phra Thaeo Non-Hunting Are in Thalang.

The slow loris was found near a furniture factory in Thalang last week. It was being treated at a pet hospital before being handed over to Khun Pongchart when it was ready to be set free.

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Seastead structure dragged back to shore by Royal Thai Navy

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A floating seastead has today been towed by a naval vessel back to the Port of Phuket in Cape Panwa. Meanwhile the Deputy PM Wissanu Krea-ngam is challenging the owners and builders of the structure to take the Thai Government and Navy to the International Court of Justice.

The Royal Thai Navy’s Third Fleet ventured out with a group of reporters on Saturday to inspect the floating seastead, the first of about 20 planned Ocean Builders for the open waters about 22km from Phuket’s Koh Racha Yai.

Nothing valuable was found on board the octagon-shaped steel and aluminium structure which was attached to a floating platform.

Two vessels were used in today’s operation. The living quarters were detached and placed on the first vessel and the second towed the floating platform to the shore for safe keeping pending legal action against its owner as well as the builder, Ocean Builders Company.

Dr. Wissanu said yesterday that Thai authorities were authorised to remove or dismantle the floating housing unit with or without the consent of its owner after finding the structure could pose a threat to Thai national security and sovereignty in accordance with Article 119 of the Criminal Code.

He said that the structure also posed an obstacle to vessels and was located not far from an oil rig.

Regarding the threat by Ocean Builders Company to sue the Thai government in the International Court of Justice for the removal, the deputy PM says he welcomes the move, noting that no government anywhere would allow a seastead settlement near their maritime territory.

Seasteader Chad Andrew Edwartowski and his Thai wife, Mrs. Nadia Summergirl, are wanted by the Thai police for questioning after Thai immigration revoked the American’s non-immigrant visa and blacklisted him.

SOURCE: Thai PBS

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Phuket taxi slams into tree in Phattalung

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PHOTOS: Phattalung Rescue

Two people have sustained serious injuries after a Phuket taxi slammed into a tree in Phattalung last night.

Phattalung rescue workers were notified of the accident in Mueang Pattalung District at 7.57pm last night (Sunday).

They arrived at the scene to find the Phuket registered taxi resting in front of the big tree on the side of the road near a temple. The front of the vehicle had extensive damage following the collision.

The two people who sustained serious injuries were 58 year old Wanchai Srithong and 64 year old Jamras Srithong. They were both taken to the Phattalung Hospital.

Pattalung City Police are continuing their investigation. There has been no explanation given at this stage as to why a Phuket taxi was in Phattalung.

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