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Top flight referee, Sivakorn Pu-udom has been excluded from officiating in AFC matches at the request of the Thai FA

Sivakorn Pu-udom, a Fifa Elite Class referee from Thailand has been abruptly pulled from his AFC competition duties leading to speculation for his absence.

The 27-year-old has reportedly been sidelined at the request of the Football Association of Thailand (FAT), who according to Goal sources, have sent a letter requesting his withdrawal, stating 'he's unavailable for travel due to other tasks'.

Sivakorn has been under scrutiny since a Kor Royal Cup match between SCG Muangthong United and Buriram United. According to the Chairman of the Board of Thai Referee Association, General Shinnasen Thongkomol, the official has been removed from active duties for failing to call a penalty for a foul on Muangthong's Jay Bothroyd in the match.

"Now it's investigation period, which I can't say how long," said General Shinnasen. "According to rules, a referee under investigation cannot serve in a match, domestic or overseas."

"There's no intervention at all," he reiterated. "We are just doing our job. When one makes a mistake, there must be a penalty."

Sources close to Sivakorn, who has also not officiated in a domestic game since the incident, have stated that the referee is in deep depression and is considering giving up his career.

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