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Fans slam Phuket FC's sub-par performances

Fans slam Phuket FC's sub-par performances

FOOTBALL: Following Phuket's 3-1 away defeat at Krabi stadium last night (Saturday 28), a Phuket FC fan – sick and tired of the Islanders' recent performances – called in to a local radio show to slam the side.

By Kazira Hans

Sunday 29 September 2013, 08:04PM

The Phuket FC team before the match against Krabi. Photo: Phuket FC

The Phuket FC team before the match against Krabi. Photo: Phuket FC

The fan, who called himself 'Aon', called into the Thai-language radio talk show 'Toh Kopi' ('coffee table') on radio station 89.75FM, which allows fans to call and share their comments after every Phuket FC game.

The caller first expressed his sympathy to Phuket FC Chairman Pamuke, who he said has been spending big bucks in the hope of leading Phuket FC to the Thai Premier League, only to have – the caller said – some staff members in the coaching team ruining the Chairman's vision through their lack of professionalism and unfair treatment to footballers.

The caller also brought up some of the rumours circulating local social network sites, that allege Phuket FC staff frequently take footballers out on the town, taking in the island's nightlife.

'Aon' gave an example that had him puzzled; in Phuket FC's home game versus Trat FC, he said that one of the staff members on the Phuket FC bench came out and ordered a play in Thai that seemed to be the opposite of what Teco had asked him to translate from English.

'Aon' then mentioned that the other unacceptable issue is alleged corruption within the side, which he heard involved the former head coach and his righthand man, who were rumoured to have increased the salaries of footballers they brought into Phuket FC, and then taken a cut of the increased amount.

Another caller, who claimed to be a former member of Phuket FC's management, attacked the former head coach's lack of professionalism, repeating the accusation that he took a cut of the footballers' salary, as well as bringing in sub-standard footballers but pricing them like they are top tier players.

The same caller also said that some of this "evil alliance", as he termed those involved in the scam, are still in the team, including those footballers who often play below par and display unsportsmanlike behaviour.

There has been no comment from Phuket FC so far regarding the accusations.

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