Police to look for soccer fans who fired flares at Suzuki Cup championship match

Hua Mark police have been ordered by Metropolitan Police commissioner Pol Lt-Gen Sanit Mahathavorn to investigate and to find out the soccer fans who fired flares into the air during the championship match of the AFF Suzuki Cup between Thai and Indonesian soccer teams at Rajamangala Stadium on Saturday night.

He said he had seen the incident on the television during the live broadcast of the mater and, later on, in the social media and ordered Hua Mark police who oversee the area to find out the perpetrators so legal action can be taken against them.

He said the firing of flares caused a nuisance to the other soccer fans and it might result in the Thai soccer team being penalized by FIFA.

Pol Lt-Gen Sanit disclosed that it was suspected some of the soccer fans had smuggled the flares into the stadium, but it was not known whether their motive was intended to tarnish the image of the Thai Football Association or not.

He claimed police knew beforehand about the plan to fire the flares and plainclothes officers were dispatched to the stadium to investigate, but they could not infiltrate the group which had tight security among them.

However, he said police would collect all relevant evidences, including video footages from CCTV system in order to pin down the perpetrators.

I assure you that we will deal with these trouble-makers because they have ruined the image of soccer circle and the country, Pol Lt-Gen Sanit announced.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)