(3 October) A football referee has been shot and injured in Nonthaburi province.
Mr. Nakhon Sa-ad was sent to Rama III Hospital this morning after he was shot during his morning exercise in the park at his gated community.
Police believe 2 suspects shot Mr. Nakhon for several times before fleeing the scene.
Mr. Nakhon has been involved in a dispute concerning the match between Rayong FC and Singhatarua FC he refereed on 31 August. Rayong won the match by 2-1, but Singhatarua manager had protested the result, claiming that Mr. Nakhon displayed bias as he performed his duty.
The Thai football association eventually suspended Mr. Nakhon from his duty for 1 year and 6 months.
Although the police said the football dispute may be behind the shooting, the officers stressed that they have not ruled out any other potential motive, and that the investigation is ongoing.
Last month, another well-known referee, Mr. Tanorm Borikut, was also shot and injured at the Rajamangala Stadium in eastern Bangkok. The police have not arrested any suspect nor concluded the motive for the shooting.
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