FA Thailand President Pol Gen Somyot Poompanmuang has made the decision to step down from his position following the disappointing performance of the U22 Thai national football team. The announcement comes after Caretaker Deputy Prime Minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwan, who also serves as the Chairman of the National Olympic Committee of Thailand (NOCT), called for Somyot to take responsibility for the team’s underwhelming showing.
During a meeting held on July 1, Gen Prawit expressed his dissatisfaction with the team’s questionable performance at the 32nd SEA Games in Cambodia, as well as their involvement in a brawl with players and staff. The Thai team suffered a 2-5 defeat against the Indonesian team during the match, which was further marred by a physical altercation between the two sides.
In response to Gen Prawit’s request, Pol Gen Somyot acknowledged the concerns raised and expressed his intention to comply. He promptly informed the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF), and FIFA of his decision to resign from his role within the organization.
With Pol Gen Somyot’s departure, FA Thailand now enters a transition phase as they seek to appoint a new president who will be responsible for guiding and overseeing the future development of Thai football.