The Thai Premier League disciplinary committee finally looks like cracking down properly on racism issue which emerged on Wednesday during a game between Buriram United and Bangkok Glass.
The issue occurred after the Bangkok Glass striker Lazarus Kaimbi made a harsh challenge on Buriram player Chitiphat Thanklang which led Suchao furiously confronted the opponent.
Following Suchao’s move, the Namibian forward reacted violently by took a swing landed on the Suchao’s face which later made himself to be sent off, while the Buriram skipper needed a medical attention to recover his lips.
“After reviewing the tape of the incident, we have decided that Lazarus Kaimbi did not cause the incident but for attacking an opponent, he will be suspended for two games and fined for 40,000 baht (1,168 USD),” said Krittamate Engchuantada, a member of TPL disciplinary committee was quoted by Bangkok Post.
“Because Kaimbi also received a red card during the incident, he will receive a total of four-game suspension. The player will also have to pay for Suchao Nutnum’s medical fee.
“For Suchao who chested and pointed his finger in the direction of Naimbi’s face which triggered the incident, the committee has decided to hand Suchao a one-match ban and a fine of 20,000 baht (584 USD).”
Regarding the incident, Kaimbi account claimed that Suchao had made a racial gesture to him, which he wrote in a statement on his Instagram account. “Calling me a f****** monkey. I am a human being not a monkey.”
However, Suchao has denied the racism issue which was accused to him and decided to submit a formal lawsuit to the Buriram court on Friday.
“As a team captain, I have to protect our players. My English is not that good to make racist remarks. If I ever make such remarks, I will quit playing football for good,” he insisted.