Due to the death of Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej last week, the country’s activities have slowed down and it is expected to impact the forthcoming game between both sides.
Thailand’s third round qualifying campaign for the 2018 World Cup against Australia on November 15th is set to be shifted to a new venue. The game was originally slated for the Bangkok Rajamangala Stadium but is set to be moved to Singapore due to the government’s urge that entertainment activities be set apart for 30 days as part of a mourning period for the late king.
The Football Association of Thailand (FAT) proposed that the Australia clash be moved to a new venue or switching it to an away affair due to the one-year mourning period for the late king. The FAT has approached the Singapore Sports Hub. England vs. Germany Masters football game is slated for November 12 at the National Stadium in Singapore, but the Sports Hub have confirmed that the stadium can be ready despite the short three-day turn around period required.
“They have indicated interest in the National Stadium in Singapore as a possible venue for the match and are considering various factors including travel and logistics. We are honoured to be considered and happy to host the match at the National stadium, “Chin Sau Ho, a senior director of corporate communications and stakeholder management said.
Whether the game will hold in Thailand or not, the next few days will determine as the Thai government updated guidelines on activities that could be allowed during the 30-day mourning period. The FAT deputy general secretary Patit Supapong said that the Thai government has clarified that the restriction of entertainment will affect only concerts and that domestic football can go on. The FAT is yet to make a final decision but are ready to make the necessary arrangements so the match can go on.