Thai football referees to make a vow to the Emerald Buddha

The Emerald Buddha

As reported in The Guardian, in an effort to cut corruption and match-fixing in Thai football the Thai football association has asked referees to swear an oath, or to make a vow, before the Emerald Buddha (Phra Kaeo Morako) at the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew) in Bangkok.

The Football Association of Thailand (FAT) took more than 100 referees to swear before the Emerald Buddha in Bangkok that they would officiate matches honestly after widespread rumours of corruption in the domestic league. The FAT has implemented several measures to stop this and improve the officiating, including using lie-detectors, but match-fixing allegations persist.

Part of the vow states: ‘We have performed … and will perform our duty with honesty.’ One can only hope similar vows are taken by referees before the English Premier League begins.