The confusion as to who will actually play in the Thai Premier League in 2016 continues. After initially deciding that the league would consist of 20 teams, the TPL decided it would remain at 18. That meant that BEC Tero, Thai Port and TOT would be relegated to Division 1.
However, Saraburi have confirmed that they are unable to meet the TPL financial regulations and have dropped into Division 1,allowing BEC Tero to remain in the Premiership. But who actually comes up is anybody’s guess.
Police United were runaway winners of Division 1 but it is believed that they owe 50,000000 bht in unpaid wages and the TPL are concerned that they will not be able to fulfill the financial criteria. Second placed Pattaya United have been taken over and the TPL are again concerned that the new owners may not meet the financial requirements as well.
BBCU F.C finished third but the two sides below them, Sukhothai and Nakhon Pathom did not complete their fixtures when their match last May was abandoned due to floodlight failure. This game is now being played on February 9 so nothing can be sorted until then.
Although BEC Tero have now stayed up, they also have new owners and many of their top players have left in the belief that they would be in Division 1 . Thailand have important World Cup qualifiers later in the year and it is vital that all of the squad are playing in the Premier League.
So all in all, it’s a bit of a mess. We will do our best to keep you informed. We have also published the first 6 months Buriram fixtures in a previous article, we will let you have a complete list when everything is cleared up.
Thanks to Graham Dressler at the Buriram Times for this.