A Thai footballer has been sacked by his club in Bangkok after attacking an opponent with a sickening Muay-Thai elbow.
Aitsaret Noichaiboon was caught on camera attacking North Bangkok University’s Supasan Ruangsuphanimit in the fifth minute of stoppage time in a third division match.
Trouble started after Ruangsuphanimit cheekily clipped the heels of Noichaiboon as he went after the ball when it had gone out for a throw-in. Noichaiboon then turned and chased after his opponent before hitting him in the face.
He was immediately sent off by the referee and Ruangsuphanimit needed 24 stitches in hospital.
Noichaiboon has since been sacked by Bangkok, who said in a statement: ‘Bangkok FC would like to take a stand and not support the action.
‘The club has cancelled the contract of the player.
‘The club would like to express our condolences for the incident and will do everything possible to stop this happening again.’
As for Ruangsuphanimit, his team said: ‘He has undergone a physical examination at Bangpakok-Rangsit 2 Hospital after player No 6 of the Bangkok FC club intentionally attacked his face.
‘After seeing a doctor they found that the upper lip area has a severe wound. The doctor therefore sewed a total of 24 stitches to cover the wound.
‘The club will provide care and responsibility.’