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SBD Global/June 27, 2013/Leagues and Governing Bodies

FIFA Exec Committee Member Worawi Makudi Refuses To Give Up Thai FA Control

FIFA exec committee member Worawi Makudi "has refused to give up control" of the Thailand FA despite his presidential term ending over a week ago and no new date set for elections, according to Patrick Johnston of REUTERS. A vote had been set for the final day of Worawi's two-year term on June 16, but he canceled it after fourth tier club Pattaya FC "managed to get a court injunction blocking controversial reforms the president had hoped to push through a day before the election." The main issue Pattaya had with the FIFA-backed reforms centered on one statue "which would cut the number of eligible voters from around 180 to 72." Pattaya said that it backed down on Monday -- after FIFA had threatened to suspend Thailand -- "because the president's term was over." Worawi told local media on Tuesday that "he remained in charge, but did not give a new date for the election or reform talks" (REUTERS, 6/26).
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