August 6, 2009 / 11:14 AM / 10 years ago

India scratch Thailand from six-nation tournament

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India have thrown Thailand out of this month’s six-nation Nehru Cup tournament in New Delhi for planning to send a junior side despite initially promising to send the national team.

“They confirmed entry but when we checked the players’ list we found it was an under-19 side,” Indian football federation secretary Alberto Colaco told a news conference.

“We told them we cannot accept it but they did not respond favourably, so we scratched them.”

Palestine will replace Thailand and join Syria, Lebanon, Sri Lanka, Kyrgyzstan and holders India for the Aug. 19 to 31 event, which is part of the home team’s build-up for the 2011 Asian Cup.

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