Thailand: Seag champion times seven

BACOLOD CITY -- Thailand is simply on a class of its own -- winning its seventh straight Southeast Asian Games (Seag) football crown after whipping Vietnam, 3-0 in the finals Monday night at the Panaad Park and Stadium.

On the other hand, Malaysia defeated Indonesia, 1-0 in a hotly-contested battle for the bronze that had Indonesian coach Peter Withe storming the pitch after a disputed non-call by the referee.

It was the same referee who called the shots for the RP-Malaysia game.

According to a football volunteer, a fuming Withe stormed the official and didn't stop haranguing him until the official got to their room. After wards, Withe had to be stopped by officials from getting near the referee again.

Witnesses say that Malaysia committed two handballs in injury time inside their own penalty box that could have swayed the game in Indonesia's favor.

In the final, teeratep Winothai scored three goals to give Thailand's its seventh straigth title.


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