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Racism gets the boot

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PHUKET: “We want to make sure football is all about a power to do good, rather than anything else.”

UK prime minister David Cameron vowed to rid football of racism during an anti-discrimination summit held at Downing Street recently.

“What happens on the field influences what happens off the field. You see children as young as six imitating the behavior they see,” Cameron added.

The summit was organized in response to growing concerns that racist elements are creeping back into the game and in light of recent high profile cases such as those of Luis Suarez and Patrice Evra, John Terry’s alleged abuse of Anton Ferdinand and just recently that of Manchester City’s racism claim against FC Porto fans.

As with previous issues of this gravity, the Gazette fully supports any attempts to stamp out negative elements in sport such as hooliganism, racism, discrimination, corruption and ‘simulation’.

However, authorities must be careful not to be blinkered by a ‘zero tolerance’ attitude towards these problems.

Take the ‘handshake’ incident between United’s Suarez and Liverpool’s Evra. Coverage and reports indicate that Suarez refused to shake Evra’s hand. But a closer look at the encounter suggests that it was Evra who had second thoughts about taking the Liverpool player’s hand which caused Suarez to bypass Evra. United’s Rio Ferdinand subsequently refused to shake the hand of Suarez.

Is this another version of simulation that is skulking into the sport?

Basically, simulation is faking a foul in order to deceive the official into awarding a free kick or penalty, and for many pundits Evra’s feign and reaction was tantamount to this distasteful act.

Evra’s shameful celebratory parade in front of Suarez at the end of the game brought as much disrepute to him, his club, his nation and the sport as Suarez’s racist abuse of the Frenchman. It seemed a very unusual way to emphasize his tortured ethnicity.

Cameron is fearful that children will ape players’ racism attitudes, but as dangerous is the negative retaliatory and inflammatory actions of these individuals whom youngsters foolishly see as role models. Will Ferdinand or Evra be penalized for their blatant petulance?

These problems need to be stamped out, but let’s be wary that good judgement and fairness are not crushed by the same boot.

— Neil Quail



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Phuket tourist decides hotel awning more comfortable than his room

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PHOTOS: Rawai Rescue workers / Phuket Tourist Police

The Phuket Tourist Police have been notified that a tourist had jumped from a building in Rawai and ended up on a steel awning covering the bottom floor today. But that wasn’t, in fact, what had happened.

The local Tourist Police say the owner of the building told staff at the Tourist Assistance Centre that the tourist had checked into the room on February 13.

The tourist didn’t actually jump down from the building but had moved a mattress from his room on to the awning and slept on it (mosquitos!!) He was also drunk and damaged some property inside the room.

The man is a 37 year old Estonian tourist. He was staying at the room with a 25 year old male friend.

Chalong Police have charged them both with being drunk and damaging property. They have said that they will pay for all damages to the owner of the property. They are heading back home on February 26.

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Patong motorbike racer arrested and fined – VIDEO

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PHOTO: Patong Police

Patong Police yesterday arrested a motorbike racer after identifying him and his motorbike from video clips that were popular in social media this week.

Patong Police are investigating alleged foreign motorbike racing gangs in Patong after video clips went viral in local social media.

Read more about the racing around Patong’s streets HERE.

Patong Police report that they have now arrested one motorbike racer and charged him with the maximum fine.

Patong Police are also asking motorbike rental operators to explain basic traffic rules for motorbike drivers who want to rent a motorbike.

(The Thaiger is assuming this would be covered when they get their motorbike license, which they are required to have before a motorbike is rented to them.)

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500 free helmets handed out to motorbike drivers in Patong

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Patong Development Foundation together with Patong Police and Patong Municipality have given 500 helmets to motorbike drivers in Patong today under the campaign ‘Wear your helmet’.

Handing out the 500 helmets to motorbike user in Patong was led by Patong Police Chief Col Anothai Jindamanee, Patong Municipality Chalermluck Kebsup and President of Patong Development Foundation Preechawut ‘Prap’ Keesin.

Col Anothai says, “Many motorbike drivers have been injured and died in road accident. We want 100 percent of motorbike drivers and passengers wearing helmets. ”

“More motorbike riders are now wearing helmets as the number of not wearing helmet charges has been dropping in Patong with better enforcement.”

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