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Worawi to fight exclusion from Thai FA presidential bid

Dato' Worawi Makudi pictured at the 2013 AFC Congress at the Mandarin Hotel on May 2, 2013 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Photo by Stanley Chou/Getty Images)

Former Football Association of Thailand president Worawi Makudi has said he will appeal the organisation’s decision to disqualify him from running in its upcoming presidential election.

The Bangkok Post reported that the FAT excluded Worawi because of a previous suspension by Fifa. In October 2015, football’s world governing body suspended him from football-related activity for five years due to his conviction for forgery in a Thai court and failure to cooperate with a Fifa investigation. The suspension was cut short by 18 months in 2018 after he took the case to the Fifa appeals committee.

Worawi said: “I will ask for fairness from the Sports Authority of Thailand and will hold a press conference on Tuesday [today].” The SAT has said it will look into the matter.

Worawi’s disqualification leaves two candidates to contest the February 12 election – incumbent president Somyot Poompanmoung and politician Nakhon Sawan MP Pinyo Niroj. The Bangkok Post reported that Somyot is the favourite to win due to strong support among Thai football clubs.