BANGKOK, April 4 (Reuters) - The Asian Football
Confederation (AFC) has told Thailand's football clubs to improve
their facilities and youth programmes or face exclusion from the
continent's Champions League.
"AFC appreciates the hard work put in by the Football
Association of Thailand (FAT), Thai Premier League and the clubs
to improve professional football," AFC director of competitions
Tokuaki Suzuki said on the governing body's website
"But Thailand still has some weak points such as stadiums,
media facilities and operations, and youth development.
"If the clubs cannot improve their facility and programme to
meet the criteria, they will not be able to play in the AFC
Champions League from 2012-2014."
The AFC, speaking after completing an inspection tour of
Thailand, has sought to strengthen the 32-team tournament by
restricting it to professional teams and demanding they smarten
up their infrastructure.
The governing body also threatened to exclude Indian League
clubs from local and regional competitions last August over
concerns they were not complying with standards.
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