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05 May 2011 :: 09:05:04 am 53520

Thailand Eliminated From 2012 Olympics

Palestine will go through to second round of Asian qualifying for the 2012 Olympics, after Thai team was eliminated for fielding an ineligible player.
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Palestine was beaten on a penalty shootout by Thailand in the first round, had been awarded a 3-0 first-leg win, according to the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) on Wednesday.

Thailand had won the home leg 1-0 in Bangkok before being found to have fielded suspected player, Sutjarit Jantakol, the AFC reported.

The Thai football association (FAT) claimed that AFC was unclear on the rules but their formal appeal was over-ruled by FIFA, according to AFC.

Sutjarit was suspended for violence at the Asian under-19 championship in 2008.

However, the Thai FA claimed Sutjarit had already served the ban because he was in the country’s squad at the 2010 Asian Games, although he did not play.

Thai soccer chief Worawi Makudi pledged to fight the decision after the AFC countered that the Asian Games soccer tournament is run by the Olympic Council of Asia.

“It was the match commissioner’s mistake and not Thailand’s,” Worawi stated, “We will fight to the end.”
Palestine will now play Bahrain over two legs on June 19 and 23.

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