Thai Division 2 club Satun banned for three years after crowd violence

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United handed a three-year ban after their fans attacked the match officials following a game at the weekend. The regional league (League Two, third tier) side, who also face a fine of 315,000 baht, said they will appeal the organising committee’s ruling.

Hosts Satun lost 1-0 to Khon Kaen United in a regional league match on Sunday. Hundreds of their fans believed the match officials, led by referee Pichit Thongchanmoon, were biased and beat them up after the final whistle.

Following a FAT meeting, Vimol Kanjana, chairman of the regional league organising committee, announced that Satun would be suspended from playing in all competitions sanctioned by the for three years. The ban will begin next season and the club will be allowed to play their last three matches of this season.

Satun are leaders of Group A in the Champions  stages with the top two teams from the group earning spots in League One (second tier). However, Vimol said if Satun finished the season in the top two, the third-placed team would take their place in League One.

Satun chairman Samrit Liangprasit said the punishment was too harsh and that they would appeal the decision. If they lose their appeal, then they will take the matter to the Administrative Court.

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