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PHUKET: A single goal by Krabi FC captain Thaweepong Jaranrup was enough to defeat Phuket FC at Surakul stadium in a wet-and-wild Phang Nga Bay derby played on Saturday night.

By the time the Andaman Eagles started warming up at 5pm, Surakul’s waterlogged pitch had already been soaking in steady rain throughout much of the day.

Despite being perched high in third place of the TPL Yamaha Division One league table, Krabi would not be taking 13th placed Phuket lightly.

Krabi was well aware of Phuket’s recent good run of form, including its 3-3 draw in a friendly game against premier league team Wuachon United, an 8-1 trampling of hapless Chanthaburi, and 2-1 win over Bangkok FC.

Krabi had a lot more than derby glory to gain from a win. If Ratchaburi Mitrphol lost their Saturday evening match against 5th placed PTT Rayong, Krabi would soar to the top of the table for the second time this season.

As the Andaman Eagles could be seen warming up long before the home side, early-arriving fans – largely decked in yellow – knew they were in for an exciting evening despite the grey atmosphere.

By the time the Islanders took to the field, close to 6pm, much of the covered stands were already full of Krabi supporters.

Despite the rain, the official attendance for the game was a reported 3,200, making it the highest home turnout for Phuket so far this season.

The two Southern sides’ supporters set up their cheer bands in dry sections on opposite ends of the sheltered stands: Phuket’s ‘Hulk’ on the north, Krabi’s ‘Energy’ on the south. Despite the differing allegiances, both sides used the same selection of songs to cheer their players on.

As all the choice covered seating was filled early, Krabi’s late-arriving cheer squad ‘Yellow Blue’ set up base next to Phuket’s iconic ’12th man’ fan club shirt, with Phuket’s ‘Hardcore’ faithfully in their usual spot exposed to the harsh elements – just like the players.

At first, it wasn’t clear which side a large number of neutral-appareled spectators supported.

All became clear in the 77th minute, however, when Thaweepong lived up to his expectations as team leader and earned his second goal of the season, beating Alonso at the near post.

Indeed, the ensuing celebrations revealed that the visiting team enjoyed as many supporters in the stadium as the home team.

They had a good deal to cheer about too. Up a goal, Krabi continued to dominate as they had throughout much of the match, enjoying almost all of the scoring chances and giving Phuket keeper Alonso Da Silva a real workout.

Keeping up the pressure, Krabi looked likely to seal the match. Phuket beefed up its own attack, replacing defensive stalwart Nenebi in the back with forward Ibrahim Kanoute. Under current TPL rules, each team is only allowed to field just three non-Asians at the same time.

But even the highly-skilled Ivorian, on loan from Muangthong United, struggled to adapt to the swampy dynamics of the waterlogged pitch at Surakul Stadium, where passes stopped dead in the wet.

Just as hopes were starting to dim for the Islanders, Phuket captain Thawin Butsombat was taken down inside the penalty area by Krabi keeper Anusorn Chansod. Phuket FC fans were ecstatic when the referee pulled out the yellow card and a penalty shot was awarded.

The mood was instantly reversed when the low shot by Phuket’s leading scorer Wacharakorn “Bird” Klaithin was blocked by Anusorn, which sent the Krabi fans into an energetic eruption of cheers for the second time that night.

Despite five minutes of extra time and forays up-field by the towering Da Silva, in a desperate attempt to equalize, Krabi held on to win the game and collect all three points.

The result saw the Andaman Eagles move up to second place of the table, two points behind Ratchaburi, who maintained their league reign with a 5-3 home win over PTT Rayong.

Suphanburi FC also maintained momentum, moving up into 3rd place with a convincing 3-0 victory over Bangkok United and remaining just one point behind Krabi.

Draws by Saraburi (away against Rajpracha) and Phatthalung (home against JW Rangsit) resulted in Phuket dropping back into the five-team relegation zone. They now occupy the 14th place in the 18-team bracket.

Phuket will now hit the road for two more tough matches.

At 3.30pm on Wednesday, the Islanders will contest their second Toyota League Cup match against Division 2 side Samut Prakarn United. Krabi will also play its Toyota League Cup match on the same day in Samut Prakarn, taking on Division 2 side Customs United.

Phuket’s first cup game was a 1-0 win at Sa Kaeo City back in May.

Samut Prakarn Utd, currently ranked 10th in the Bangkok Regional League standings, beat Krung Thonburi FC and JW Rangsit FC in their first two League Cup matches.

The other two southern teams in Division One, Songkhla FC and Phatthalung FC, will have home ground advantage in their respective league cup matches against premier league contenders, TOT SC and Bangkok Glass FC.

Victorious or otherwise, Phuket will waste no time in travelling from the capital down to Rayong to take on PTT Rayong on Saturday.

Following their loss to Ratchaburi, PTT Rayong are in 6th place.

Phuket are set to return home to conclude the season’s first leg with another tough regional rivalry match against Songkhla FC on July 22.

In 10th place with one game in hand, Songkhla – who beat Krabi 2-0 at home back in March – will be the subject of yet another showdown at Surakul Stadium on July 22.

Rain or shine, thousands of fans anticipate watching live the keeper face-off between Phuket’s Brazilian tower Da Silva and Songkhla keeper Jonathan Matijas, who was a crowd favorite at Surakul last year when he played for Phuket .

— Steven Layne

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Now when the restrictions are lifted, Nimz will take you through Phuket’s famous nightlife spot Bangla Road, Patong Beach and Phuket Town. It’s quiet, but there are still clubs open and operating and ready to welcome you.

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In a nightmarish scenario, a deceased Phuket expat’s body is stuck in a Thai hospital as his step‐daughter claims hospital administrators won’t release the body due to a passport mix‐up.

Gemma Swift, the step‐daughter of 75 year old David Donoghue, who died 2 weeks ago, says she is pleading with embassy staff in Thailand to resolve, what she says, is purely an administrative issue after Donoghue’s passport number at the hospital was from that of an expired one.

Donoghue’s current passport was on file with the British Embassy, but because it did not match what the hospital had, his body has remained at the hospital. Swift says it was something that could easily be corrected and the situation was “horrendous” for the family.

“The British Embassy over in Bangkok, they said that because [the number] was from his current passport, they were unable to change the letter. They have said that they won’t reissue a letter with the passport number that he’s got in the hospital with him.”

She said her family planned to arrange a funeral for him in Thailand, then bring his ashes back to the UK. As he retired to Phuket 15 years ago, her family would then take his ashes back to Thailand, as per his wishes, to scatter them.

However, none of his family members were able to travel to Thailand to be with Donoghue in his final days, as the mandatory 14 day quarantine period upon entering Thailand, would not have allowed them to see him.

“I thought this was a basic human right to be able to give somebody a funeral and I accept that there is always going to be red tape…but please just issue a letter and let us bring him home.”

She said before Covid-19, family members travelled often to Phuket to visit Donoghue, who once worked for the Thai tourist police. She says the entire ordeal has been heartbreaking as her family was unable to say goodbye.

“That on its own was heart breaking, and now to get this two weeks later, to find out we can’t give him a funeral, or get his ashes back, it’s just horrendous.”

“It’s like being on autopilot… once we know we have done everything we can, we can start the grieving process, but at the minute we can’t.”

A Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office spokesperson said they are assisting Donoghue’s family during the difficult time.

“Our staff are in contact with the local hospital and funeral director to help his family obtain the necessary paperwork to ensure his body is treated in line with their wishes.”

If the situation isn’t fixed, Donoghue’s body will join a mass cremation at the hospital.

SOURCE: BBC News

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In today’s Thailand News Today…. The island of Phuket has a firm plan to get its residents vaccinated leading up to an October opening for tourists, the Thai PM backs up his police over last Sunday’s protest violence and Thai Airway’s employee union criticises the changes to employee contracts.

But the plan must be approved by the national government by April, if the province wants to open tourism by October 1. Phuket has a resident population of around 300- 400,000 people.

Before you go rushing off to book your plane tickets we’d stress that this is another in a long list of proposals that have not come to fruition and we’d urge patience until the Government approves the plans.

Meanwhile the island has taken delivery of 4,000 doses of the Chinese Sinovac Covid-19 vaccine. Vaccinations started yesterday, with priority given to 1,500 healthcare workers and 500 “at-risk” officials exposed to Covid-19 patients.

On a broader note… Thailand’s Tourism Minister says he has asked the Public Health Ministry to approve a vaccine passport scheme aimed at reviving Thailand’s devastated tourism sector. According to the Minister, the government is looking to the World Health Organisation to issue a statement on vaccine passports before it makes a final decision on the matter.

The Thai PM, Prayut Chan-o-cha has defended police action against protesters taking part in Sunday’s anti-government rally in Bangkok. Officers from the Metropolitan Police Bureau used tear gas, a water cannon and rubber bullets in an effort to drive protesters back from the PM’s residence. The PM insists the actions were in line with international standards. He says that police did not violate the protesters’ rights.

Thai researchers are claiming that horseshoe bats are not responsible for transmitting the Covid virus to humans. A researcher with the Thai Red Cross Emerging Infectious Diseases-Health Science Centre, says that even though the bats have tested positive for a coronavirus, it is not the strain that is transmissible to humans, and it’s certainly not the virus that causes Covid-19.

As Thai Airways tries to sell new contracts and conditions to its remaining workforce, the labour union of the national carrier is challenging changes to the employment contracts, where Thai Airways employees are being asked to agree to changes as part of the bigger financial rehabilitation program.

But a union representative says the new contracts are unfair because it includes fewer leave days and shorter holidays. The union has filed a complaint with the Department of Labour Protection and Welfare.

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