The FAT (Thai Football Assocation) today launched a crackdown on match-fixing with several players and officials arrested and charged – including former Port keeper Weera Duckworth. The calamity keeper was released by Port and moved to Nakhon Ratchasima during the mid-season transfer window, and the charges are in connection with one of his games for his new club – which hopefully means Port are untainted by the scandal.
Following the bizarre goings-on at Honda earlier this season, when Weera was surprisingly picked ahead of Rattanai & Worawut and proceeded to have an absolute stinker, gifting Honda at least 2 goals in a 5-1 win, The Sandpit was concerned that the charges related to this game.
Thankfully this does not appear the case, and Weera’s dodgy keeping – as shown in the GIF below – can, as previously thought, be put down to mere incompetence. Update at 19:45 – the Honda game has now been added to the list of games that are of interest to investigators, and I suspect the clip below will be Exhibit A!
Weera was arrested alongside 4 Navy players (Sutthipong, Narong, Suwitthaya, Saksan), 2 referees (Poommarin, Theerachit), and 5 others including, we hear, a club official from Sisaket. If found guilty, the accused face heavy fines, lengthy bans and even jail terms.
Should he find himself in the prison showers we would advise Weera not to drop the soap, but we suspect that would be beyond him.