Chanting banned at Thailand-Australia clash

Chanting has banned from next month’s World Cup qualifying clash between Thailand and Australia out of respect for the late Thai king.

Football officials from the two countries have agreed that there will be a respectful silence at the November 15 encounter, with Thailand observing a year-long period of mourning in memory of the 70-year reign of King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

Supporters have been encouraged to attend the game wearing black, grey or white, with banners, flags and megaphones all prohibited.

“As the match coincides with a period of mourning following the passing of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, FFA asks all Australian fans attending the match and who are in Thailand to be respectful of the local customs,” said a statement from the Australian Football Federation.

King Bhumibol Adulyadej was the world’s longest-reigning monarch, and was regarded by many Thais as semi-divine.

Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn has been named as his successor, but has called for the process to be delayed.