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Football: Fifa suspension looms as Thais fight reforms

Published on Jun 23, 2013 6:31 PM

BANGKOK (REUTERS) - Thailand face a Fifa-imposed suspension on Monday after a lowly fourth-tier club refused to give in to pressure from the world governing body to drop a court order halting controversial reforms that has left the game in crisis.

Thai Football Association (FAT) leader and Fifa executive committee member Worawi Makudi has also, so far unsuccessfully, pressured Pattaya FC to drop the court injunction which led to him postponing last Sunday's FAT presidential elections indefinitely.

The argument centres on one of the Fifa- and Worawi-backed reforms that would see the slashing of the number of eligible voters from around 180 to just 72.

Worawi wanted to push through the new reforms in line with Fifa statues in a vote on June 15 before holding the presidential election a day later, just before his latest term ended.

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