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FC Phuket lose 3-0 at Ratchaburi, botched ref’s call under review

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PHUKET: Fans of FC Phuket, outraged over a red card given to keeper Alonso Jose Carvalho Da Silva in Sunday’s 3-0 loss on the road at Ratchaburi, got a small measure of vindication yesterday when the Thai Premier League (TPL) review board agreed that the Brazilian’s diving kick save wasn’t intended to harm the attacking player and that remedial action should be taken.

FC Phuket fans who travelled to watch the game, and many more who watched on television in Phuket, were inspired by the 16th-place Southern Sea Dragon’s first-half performance on the road to league leaders Ratchaburi Mitrphol FC “Dragons”.

Thanks in large part to some outstanding saves by Da Silva, the two sides went into the locker room at the end of the first half tied 0-0. But seven minutes into play in the second half the lanky Brazilian raced out of the net and managed to kick away a ball before it reached the feet of a streaking, undefended Ratchaburi attacker just outside the penalty area.

Cheers for the “supersave” quickly turned to fury when referee Surachai Gulap red-carded Da Silva, who protested in disbelief before finally leaving the field.

As all on-field calls are irreversible in football, Phuket was left with no choice but to continue the match a man down with reserve keeper Worapot Sabaijit in goal.

Ratchaburi Mitrphol FC, who enjoy funding from the largest sugar producing conglomerate in Asia, went on to net three goals, record another home win, and remain unbeaten.

The first two goals came from Chutipon Tongtae on 65 and 89 minutes. The final nail in Phuket’s coffin was hammered in by Chakrit Rawanprakhon in the 5th minute of added time.

After their strong performance in the first half and with Da Silva missing the last match against Air Force, the FC Phuket faithful were confident that a win at Ratchaburi would turn the corner on the season.

The team recently got additional funding by the Kata Group of hotels and their new president Pamuke Atchirayachai boldly predicted that the team would rise up to finish out the season in the top seven of the 18-team bracket.

Thus, the controversial ejection of Phuket’s “secret weapon” and highest-paid player was not well digested by the fans, especially the 50 or so diehards who made the long bus ride north for the fixture.

Back in Phuket Town, dozens of fans who packed the Nok Sanarm sports bar across the street from Surakul Stadium to watch the match live complained loudly of “blatantly biased” officiating.

“Ratchaburi’s first five wins this season are credited to penalty kicks. Coincidence? Just look at their website. Their front page asserts ‘We will go to the Premiere League’. How can you guarantee [promotion] so early in the season?” asked a fan on the bar’s popular blogsite.

The sentiment about the result was not limited to fans. Phuket manager Ahsin Arammethapongsa also condemned the call.

“We strongly disagree with the call by Surachai Gulap. As soon as we review the tape and confirm that the call was uncalled for, we are going to make a formal complaint with the Thai Premier League.

“We know it won’t change the result, but a lot of money has gone into bringing [Thai] football up to standard and to have it all go to waste because of one man is unacceptable,” he was quoted as telling a SiamSport reporter after the match.

Yesterday, the TPL committee reviewed a tape of the play, agreeing that there was no intent by Da Silva to harm the Ratchaburi player, who predictably rolled in mock agony after their collision. The committee agreed to consider the case further and render a decision as to whether to reduce the red card to a yellow or annul it altogether.

The committee also accepted a letter of complaint against referee Surachai presented by FC Phuket representative Paitoon “Big Men” Chutimakkarakul, saying they would pass it on the the Football Association of Thailand ruling committee for review and possible punitive action.

The disappointing result did not have an impact on Phuket’s lowly ranking in relegation zone.

Still undefeated, Ratchaburi, who were promoted to Division One this season, maintain their stronghold on the league tables.

Phuket will break for a few weeks and resume play in a Toyota League Cup match in an away fixture with Division 2 upstarts Sa Kaeo FC on June 9.

After that they will travel to Chonburi province to take on the Royal Navy in a league match at the naval base in Sattahip on June 13.

After that, Phuket are the scheduled to return to the island for three consecutive home matches:

June 17 Bangkok FC

June 24 Chanthaburi

July 4 Krabi FC

— Steven W Layne

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Mystery surrounds security guard found dead in his Phuket room

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The security guard of a hotel in Nai Yang, northern Phuket, 52 year old Yingyot Butsabong, from Maha Sarakham province, was found dead yesterday (October 16) in his room. Police remain mystified how the man came to grief.

A woman named Supattra received a call from the hotel he worked at and was informed that he didn’t show up at work yesterday, so she went to his apartment to check on him.

She saw that his room was locked from the inside, so used the key she had in her possession to open the room and found Yingyot laying on the floor, face down. She thought he was just sleeping so she tried to wake him up but once she flipped him, she found that he already passed away.

She immediately called Saku police, and once on the scene, police found that there was some blood on the floor. The man had a 2 centimetre wound on his left eyebrow which was deep into his skull. There was also a wound on his chin about 1 centimetre long and about a centimetre deep. His left eye had a bruise which looked like he was attacked by a hard object.

Police report that he had been dead for around four hours in the room.

The room was not ransacked and there was no sign of fighting or theft. His body has been sent to Thalang Hospital for a detailed autopsy and to look into the cause of death.

SOURCE: Phuket Hot News

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‘Always Smile Journey’ raises fund to provide free English classes for underprivileged people

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On October 18, the ‘Always Smile Journey’ group and its partners will host an exhibition with plenty of fun activities at the Yak Yai Market, near Chalong Circle, in Phuket. This event was designed to raise funds to provide free English classes for underprivileged people on the island of Phuket on Saturdays and Sundays. The group does not accept donations but aims to raise money through the sales of the products available at the event.

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From 2 pm to 8 pm, there will be a number of artists, musicians and performers who will keep the attendees entertained along the way. There will be a short film about His Majesty King Rama 9 as well as fun activities and games for kids and families, which are all free of charge.

The big bike crew is also a part of this event. They will ride a parade from Rawai Beach heading to the market and showcase their gorgeous two-wheel buddies.

One of the highlights of the Always Smile Journey exhibition is the ‘Happening’ artists group, who will draw and paint a picture of the His Majesty King Rama 9 under the name ‘Street Art King Bhumibol’ on a 4×10 meter sign live at the event so the guests will experience this large-scale art in action. The Happening will also offer portrait sketching for the participants.

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One of the works created by the Happening team; a painting of HM the King Rama 9 on a huge wall (Photo credit: Chawat Chumpasan)

There will also be some western menus available at the event which will be donated to underprivileged children.

This free English class project has over seven years of experience through its cooperation working with individuals and other charity organizations. Throughout the years, the group visited several areas such as Ban Laem Hoy School, Ban Bopud School and Ban Angthong School in Samui, Surat Thani province, Ban Bueng Ao Oun School and Ban Kakoh Rayong, in Surin province, Jalae Village of Lahu (Muser) in Chiang Rai province, as well as community education centers in Siem Reap, Cambodia and in Luang Prabang, in Laos.

This event is a cooperation between several groups, including Happening, Yak Yai Market and Arrow Media, Tattoo artist group, Thonburi Art School Alumni, International School of Tourism, Suratthani Rajabhat University, big bike group from Phuket, artists/performers/musicians from many provinces as well as several businesses across Phuket.

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The world’s fastest growing tourist destinations

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PHOTO: Hello Phuket – destined for huge tourist growth in the next six years – fodors.com

In 2018, international tourist arrival traffic grew by 6% to reach a total of 1.4 billion world tourists, according to research by UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. And there’s a lot more to come with international travel predicted to increase by a massive 35% over the next six years to 2025.

But where is all that extra traffic going to go? Which destinations are quiet now that might be swarming with tourists in the years to come? Two destinations in Thailand are set for a prosperous future, according to the data. Whilst almost all the growth is excepted to be to Asian destinations, an under-visited resource for world tourism so far.

Euromonitor data has been used to simulate tourist growth models and reveal the fastest growing projected visitor arrivals in major cities and destinations around the world for 2025, compared to arrival figures in 2018.

In Thailand, Phuket’s tourist traffic is poised to increase up to 85% in the next six years, from nearly 12 million arrivals in 2018 to over 22 million in 2025. Bangkok is predicted to see the 8th most prolific rise in tourist traffic, with arrivals in Bangkok set to swell an additional 68% during the same period. Doha, the capital of Qatar, is set to explode with 104% increase in traffic over the next six years.

The data also predicts that both Bangkok and Phuket will rebound big time in 2020, Phuket in particular with a growth of around 20% for the next year, accord to the data from TravelSupermarket.com.

By 2025 the data predicts that Bangkok will be the world’s #1 tourist destination, a position it’s held before in recent years. The Thai capital will be followed by Singapore, Dubai, Phuket and Kuala Lumpur, making South East Asia the world’s emerging tourism hotspot.

Some of the world’s favourites – New York, Paris, London – will continue to grow their tourist numbers but not at the rate of most Asian destinations.

You can read the full list HERE.

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Stats compiled by travelsupermarket.com

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Stats compiled by travelsupermarket.com

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