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FC Phuket Vote to Halt the Buriram Bandwagon

FC Phuket Vote to Halt the Buriram Bandwagon

Friday, May 27, 2011
PHUKET: POLITICS and sport are not supposed to mix but with all the talk this week about Newin Chidchob and his election comments, the banned politician's Buriram FC takes on FC Phuket on Sunday.

Ten busloads of Buriram fans and the very popular cheer squad are said to be bound for Phuket City's Surakul Stadium on Sunday.

With the big Phuket match at 6pm following on after the [1.45am Phuket time] UEFA Champions League Final between Barcelona and Manchester United, it's a big day for football viewers on Phuket.

But first, the politics off Phuket. Like many on the Democrat side, caretaker PM Abhisit Vejjajiva was not keen to hear this week's poll predictions by Khun Newin.

Khun Newin is a one-time ally of fugitive PM Thaksin Shinawatra - another who enjoys football and politics - and he is the powerbroker behind the Bhum Jai Thai Party, which hopes to become a third force in Thail politics after the July 3 elections.

Khun Newin reckoned that neither Khun Abhisit or Pheu Thai party leader Yingluck Shinawatra was likely to become PM after the poll, prompting Khun Abhisit to say: ''I'm sure his predictions are wrong. He should be focusing on his football team.''

Ans so to the Phuket football. On Sunday on Phuket, Khun Newin is likely to be taking Khun Abhisit's advice.

His Buriram FC is Phuket's nemesis, having won the playoff last year to decide the Division Two premiership.

Both were promoted to Division One, and with FC Phuket now in eighth position and Buriram lying second, Phuket will need to show it can win to keep its season alive.

Tickets for stadium entry are 50 baht for adults and 20 baht for children.
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