Football: Thai sports authority backs FA president Worawi in election delay
BANGKOK (REUTERS) - Worawi Makudi's bid to retain control of Thai soccer received a boost on Tuesday, with the country's sports authority (SAT) blocking attempts by upset members to force presidential elections.
Worawi's term as Thai Football Association (FAT) president ended on June 16 but he cancelled the vote scheduled for that day after failing to implement controversial Fifa-backed reforms, which included slashing the number of eligible voters by more than half to 72.
Worawi, 61, had set September 23 as the new election date, which angered 108 of the 179 Thai FA members, who signed a petition demanding the election took place on Friday in line with Thai sports law or they would hold it themselves in early August.
However, the SAT told Reuters on Tuesday that the reform vote took priority, but added they had proposed some revisions to the Fifa amendments.