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Thai Refs Must Swear Oath to Buddha

Thailand's soccer federation bosses have made more than 100 referees swear an oath of honesty at a famous Bangkok temple as they try to stamp out the country's game-fixing problems. The federation previously attempted to overcome allegations of corruption in their domestic league by using lie detectors.

Thai news agency, The Nation, reported the oath read: "I, [first name and surname], take the oath that we have always performed the duty as a referee with honesty and integrity, and I give my pledge that I will always perform the duty as a referee with honesty and integrity to preserve the honor and prestige of football referees and of the Football Association of Thailand."

The Emerald Buddha is a traditional spot for Thais to make vows.

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