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This photo taken on May 17, 2017 shows Buriram United football fans watching a Thai Premier League match at the i-Mobile 'Thunder Castle' stadium in the northeastern Thai province of Buriram. A 'godfather' of Thai politics is using cash and contacts to transform his once poor, forgotten rice-farming fiefdom into an unlikely sporting Camelot, complete with a football stadium and racetrack set to host the MotoGP. / AFP PHOTO / Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / TO GO WITH Thailand-politics-economy-sport, FEATURE by Sally Mairs (Photo credit should read LILLIAN SUWANRUMPHA/AFP/Getty Images)

This photo taken on May 17, 2017 shows Buriram United football fans watching a Thai Premier League match at the i-Mobile 'Thunder Castle' stadium in the northeastern Thai province of Buriram.
A 'godfather' of Thai politics is using cash and contacts to transform his once poor, forgotten rice-farming fiefdom into an unlikely sporting Camelot, complete with a football stadium and racetrack set to host the MotoGP. / AFP PHOTO / Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / TO GO WITH Thailand-politics-economy-sport, FEATURE by Sally Mairs        (Photo credit should read LILLIAN SUWANRUMPHA/AFP/Getty Images)