BANGKOK (15 March 2012) – The men in black are set to earn more money in the Thai Premier League (TPL) this year following the announcement by Datuk Worawi Makudi, the president of the FA of Thailand (FAT) this week.
Datuk Worawi said that following criticism from several quarters over the standard of refereeing in the TPL last season, the Thai national body for football has decided that an increase in wage is necessary to ensure an improved performance.
“The referee is likely to get THB 10,000 (USD 325), an assistant referee THB 7,500 (USD 244) and the fourth official THB 6,000 (USD 195) per match for the new season,” said Datuk Worawi (pix).
The increase is more than double the amount the men in black received last season which were – THB 5,000 (USD 162) for the referees, an assistant referee THB 3,500 (USD 114) and the fourth referee THB 2,000 (USD 65) per game.
The TPL’s title sponsor, Sponsor energy drink, will give the league THB 70 million (USD 2.2 million) for the 2012 season which begins this weekend.