Huge brawl erupts at Thailand v Indonesia SEA Games football final (video)

The SouthEast Asia (SEA) Games football final between Indonesia and Thailand turned into a Muay Thai match yesterday when Thailand netted an equalising goal in injury time, sparking a dramatic brawl. But Indonesia ran out victors scoring three more goals in extra-time to win their first SEA Games men’s football medal in 32 years with a 5-2 victory.

After a heated match on a sweltering Phonm Phenh evening, Indonesia’s worst fears were realised when the War Elephant’s substitute player Yotsakorn Burapha scored an equaliser in the 90th minute to level the score 2-2.

Two minutes into extra time, Indonesia clapped back and netted a goal thanks to a slip-up from Thai defender Somchai Thongcham.

Seconds later, a huge brawl broke out with coaches from both teams storming the pitch and encouraging the fight. A flood of security staff ran onto the pitch in a bid to quell the violence.

The referee dished out five red cards for those responsible for starting the fight: one for Thailand’s goalie Soponvit who ran the length of the pitch to launch a punch, one for Indonesian defender Komang Trisanda and three for coaches from both teams.

Extra time continued once calm returned just for Thai-Danish player Jonathan Khemdee to be sent off with a yellow card in the 101st minute, leaving just nine players on the pitch fighting Thailand’s corner.

Then, Indonesia’s Fajar Fathur Rahman scored the team’s fourth, but not final, goal from the edge of the box. Then, Thailand was left with eight men when striker Teerasak received a second yellow card in the 118th minute.

The game drew to a close after Indonesia’s fittingly-named Beckham Putra struck a final goal, putting an end to Indonesia’s 32-year SEA Games men’s football medal drought.

Having won the match, Indonesian head coach Indra Syafri quickly forgot about the players’ lack of sportsmanship…

“I regret that friends from both Thailand and our team [had a fight]. But It’s over, we already hugged and forgave each other. This is football.”

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Leah is a translator and news writer for the Thaiger. Leah studied East Asian Religions and Thai Studies at the University of Leeds and Chiang Mai University. Leah covers crime, politics, environment, human rights, entertainment, travel and culture in Thailand and southeast Asia.

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