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Thailand lifts celebration restrictions for Socceroos fans

Socceroos fans are not assured their side will be in the world cup. (AAP Image/Ben Macmahon)
2nd November, 2016
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The Thai Cabinet has lifted restrictions on cheering and celebration at sporting events from 14, November 2016 following the passing of reigning monarch King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

That effectively means Socceroos fans travelling to Thailand for the November 15 World Cup qualifier will be able to actively cheer on Australia at the Rajamangala National Stadium in Bangkok.

The Thai Cabinet lifted the restrictions relating to sports and entertainment following the completion of the first 30 days of mourning. The country itself has embarked on a one-year mourning period.

The restrictions, however, are still in place leading up to the match, with the official notification from the Football Association of Thailand outlining conditions of celebration.

“All supporters attending the above-mentioned match shall dress in a polite manner as they see appropriate, use cheering equipment, show symbols and bring banners inside the stadium, sing cheering songs and appropriately conduct joyful activities both inside and surrounding areas of the stadium,” the statement read.

Thailand’s Minister of Tourism and Sports Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul encouraged active fan participation.

“You can cheer, you can do everything according to what you would like to do,” she said.

“The dress code (of black) is recommended but not required.”

She said there would be a tribute at the start of the match to King Bhumibol.

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FFA CEO David Gallop supported the decision but asked those attending the game to respect the guidelines offered by the Thai Cabinet.

“While supporting and respecting the decision, FFA will still continue to show respect following the passing of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej while in Thailand and asks Socceroos supporters to show the appropriate respect leading up to the match and inside the stadium,” Gallop said.

“We have been liaising on a daily basis with the Australian Embassy and the Football Association of Thailand to ensure our players, staff and fans are aware of the sensitive nature of the mourning in Thailand, and although these restrictions have been lifted for matchday, we will continue with plans to respect the people of Thailand.”

Delegates from the Socceroos set-up will attend several events to pay their respects to King Bhumibol Adulyadej while a member of the FFA Fan Engagement team will travel to Bangkok to work with embassy staff to assist the relationship between travelling fans and locals.

The match will be broadcast live on Fox Sports and the Nine Network at 11pm AEDT, November, 15.