No “chanting” at World Cup match.

Football officials from Thailand and Australia have banned chanting at next month’s World Cup qualifying match out of respect for the late Thai king.

The FA’s in the two countries have also said fans should wear black, grey, or white.

Thais are observing a year-long period of national mourning after the death last week of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, 88, who reigned for 70 years.

People in Thailand have been asked to wear black and avoid “joyful events”.

The Thai FA had tried to move the 15 November match but the Australian side asked for the game to go ahead.

In a statement on its website, Football Federation Australia said that banners, flags, and megaphones would be banned and “joyful activities” were “strictly prohibited both inside the stadium and surrounding areas”.

The Thai domestic season has been cancelled but clubs who have been unfairly relegated have launched an appeal.

The government has already stated that games can be played during the 30 day mourning period.

The World Cup match does actually fall just outside the 30 days mourning.


(Thanks to the BBC)


By Juninho