Thaksin Shinawatra asks players to bow - Sunday Mirror, May 4, 2008
[Is this a mistranslation of "wai" or purposeful misinformation? The
Nation updates this story by explaining: Thaksin's 'demand'
that the players 'wai' him before kick-off is being seen as a
dictatorship streak. We would expect this entire story to be
...Manchester City owner Thaksin Shinawatra has
hit the club with another shock by asking for the players to bow to him
Thai-style before each game...
Bowing is a traditional mark of respect in Shinawatra's native
Thailand. But some at City see this as another example of how the
former Thai Prime Minister is turning the club into his personal
know the new Manchester City chairman: Thaksin - YouTube,
Delusion - vitalfootball, May, 2008
To Protest Thai Owner - Goal.com, May 4, 2008
City players said in revolt against Thaksin - Bangkok Post,
...Thaksin left his son Panthongtae and daughter
Pintongta, both installed by him as City board members, to field
questions and when, inevitably, asked if Eriksson would lead the tour,
Panthongtae froze, mumbled a "yes" then looked desperately to his
sister for support. Both left the launch steadfastly refusing to answer
questions by the foreign journalists who were in pursuit."
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