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Coaching teams fight outside pitch during Thailand-Vietnam draw

Friday, September 06, 2019, 17:22 GMT+7
Coaching teams fight outside pitch during Thailand-Vietnam draw
Vietnam's coaching team (blue) comes close to the Thai bench during a row in their group opener of the Asian second qualifying round for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Bangkok, September 5, 2019. Photo: N. K. / Tuoi Tre

There were no goals scored in the Group G opener between Vietnam and Thailand in Asia’s second qualifying round for the 2022 FIFA World Cup on Thursday, but tension was felt not only inside but also outside the pitch of the Thammasat Stadium in Bangkok.

As players from both sides exerted efforts to start their World Cup qualifying campaign with a victory, their coaching teams engaged in heated arguments with each other twice along the pitch in the second half, when the pace of the match was intense.

The first altercation happened when Vietnam’s right-winger Nguyen Trong Hoang was lying on the ground after he was fouled by Theerathon Bunmathan in the 62nd minute.

As the referee did not show a card to the Thai player, Vietnam’s head coach Park Hang Seo and his assistants started to object to his decision.

The coaching teams of both sides then engaged in a quarrel, which eventually escalated to the point that the fourth official had to intervene in the dispute.

As the game drew to a close, it was Thailand’s head coach Akira Nishino who started to lose his temper.

Thai's head coach Akira Nishino tries to call Vietnamese defender Bui Tien Dung to stand up during an injury in their group opener of the Asian second qualifying round for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Bangkok, September 5, 2019. Photo: N. K. / Tuoi Tre

Thailand's head coach Akira Nishino tries to call Vietnamese defender Bui Tien Dung to stand up during an injury in their group opener of the Asian second qualifying round for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Bangkok, September 5, 2019. Photo: N. K. / Tuoi Tre

An assistant referee intervenes an intense situation between Thai's head coach Akira Nishino and Vietnamese defender Bui Tien Dung in their group opener of the Asian second qualifying round for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Bangkok, September 5, 2019. Photo: N. K. / Tuoi Tre

An assistant referee intervenes in an intense situation between Thailand's head coach Akira Nishino and Vietnamese defender Bui Tien Dung in their group opener of the Asian second qualifying round for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Bangkok, September 5, 2019. Photo: N. K. / Tuoi Tre

Thai's head coach Akira Nishino talks to Vietnamese defender Bui Tien Dung after an injury in their group opener of the Asian second qualifying round for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Bangkok, September 5, 2019. Photo: N. K. / Tuoi Tre

Thailand's head coach Akira Nishino talks to Vietnamese right-winger Nguyen Trong Hoang after an injury in their group opener of the Asian second qualifying round for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Bangkok, September 5, 2019. Photo: N. K. / Tuoi Tre

As Bui Tien Dung was lying injured on the pitch, Nishino approached the Vietnamese defender and tried to touch him, in an apparent attempt to call him to stand up, as he believed the player was faking his injury.

The two coaching teams, including coach Park, thus engaged in yet another row, despite an attempt to intervene in by an assistant referee.

As they were quarreling, a member of the Thai coaching team pointed a finger at Vietnam’s doctor Choi Joo Young.

The Thai official eventually received a warning from the main referee, who also booked Vietnam’s coach Park with a yellow card.

Vietnam's doctor Choi Joo Young quarrels with a Thai official during their group opener of the Asian second qualifying round for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Bangkok, September 5, 2019. Photo: N. K. / Tuoi Tre

Vietnam's doctor Choi Joo Young (L) quarrels with a Thai official during their group opener of the Asian second qualifying round for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Bangkok, September 5, 2019. Photo: N. K. / Tuoi Tre

Vietnam's coaching team (blue) comes close the Thai bench during a row in a group opener of the Asian second qualifying round for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Bangkok, September 5, 2019. Photo: N. K. / Tuoi Tre

Vietnam's coaching team (blue) comes close to the Thai bench during a row in their group opener of the Asian second qualifying round for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Bangkok, September 5, 2019. Photo: N. K. / Tuoi Tre

Vietnam's coaching team (blue) comes close the Thai bench during a row in a group opener of the Asian second qualifying round for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Bangkok, September 5, 2019. Photo: N. K. / Tuoi Tre

Vietnam's coaching team (blue) comes close to the Thai bench during a row in their group opener of the Asian second qualifying round for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Bangkok, September 5, 2019. Photo: N. K. / Tuoi Tre

Vietnam's coaching team (blue) comes close the Thai bench during a row in a group opener of the Asian second qualifying round for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Bangkok, September 5, 2019. Photo: N. K. / Tuoi Tre

Vietnam's coaching team (blue) comes close to the Thai bench during a row in their group opener of the Asian second qualifying round for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Bangkok, September 5, 2019. Photo: N. K. / Tuoi Tre

A fourth official intervenes a dispute during Vietnam - Thailand group opener of the Asian second qualifying round for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Bangkok, September 5, 2019. Photo: N. K. / Tuoi Tre

A fourth official intervenes in a dispute during the Thailand-Vietnam group opener of the Asian second qualifying round for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Bangkok, September 5, 2019. Photo: N. K. / Tuoi Tre

Vietnam's head coach Park Hang Seo is showed a yellow card as his team meet Thailand in a group opener of the Asian second qualifying round for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Bangkok, September 5, 2019. Photo: N. K. / Tuoi Tre

Vietnam's head coach Park Hang Seo is showed a yellow card as his team met Thailand in the group opener of the Asian second qualifying round for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Bangkok, September 5, 2019. Photo: N. K. / Tuoi Tre

As both Vietnam and Thailand wasted their few clear chances to open the scoring, Thursday’s game ended with a goalless draw, considered a positive outcome for the visitors.

Besides Vietnam and Thailand, Group G also includes Indonesia, Malaysia and the UAE.

The next Group G match will take place between Malaysia, who beat Indonesia 3-2 in the other Group G game last night, and the UAE on September 10.

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