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A Season Without Breaks? FAT Chance

 

Just when it seemed the T1 season was going to play out without any of the long breaks that marred 2017, the FAT in their infinite wisdom have postponed two rounds of August fixtures because of the 2018 Asian Games. Yes, they could’ve allowed clubs to prepare by factoring this break in at the start of the season, but it’s clearly much more fun to leave it until the last minute. This means there is now a one-month break in the action from 5 August to 5 September, and means the following Port FC fixtures have been rearranged:

 

Prachuap FC v Port FC Sat 11 August – now Wed 5 September

Port FC vs Chainat Hornbill FC Sun 19 August – now Sun 9 September

Chiang Rai Utd vs Port FC Sun 26 August – now Wed 12 September

Port FC vs Nakhon Ratchasima FC Sat 1 September – now Sat 15 September

Port FC vs Suphanburi FC Sat 15 September – now Sat 22 September

Navy FC vs Port FC  Sat 22 September – now Sat 29 September

Port FC vs Chonburi FC Sun 30 September  – now Wed 3 October

Pattaya Utd vs Port FC Sat 6 October – now Sun 7 October

 

That means two very attractive weekend away trips – Prachuap & Chiang Rai – are now on Wednesdays, and that that end of season Pattaya fixture is on a much less doable Sunday night. No thought given to those fans who’ve already booked flights & hotels & planned their summer holidays around the fixtures. We’ve emailed the FAT to ask why this shit continues to happen, given that club owners, coaches and players all hate it, and have yet to receive a response, Doubt we will. As far as we know this is the last remaining break in the season, but with the U12 Asian Girls Ker-Plunk Championships coming up in September, expect more changes.

 

Uh-Oh, Weera in Trouble: Ex-Port Keeper Accused of Match-Fixing

 

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.