Thai soccer team to watch recording of World Cup final

The 12 rescued boys and their coach will watch a recording of Sunday's France-Croatia match rather than the live broadcast so they can rest.

Published : Jul 15, 2018 19:47 IST

Mum's the word at the Chiang Rai Prachanukroh Hospital.

The rescued Thai soccer team will watch a recording of Sunday's World Cup final between France and Croatia rather than the live broadcast so the 12 boys and their coach can rest.

"Given that the final will be broadcast quite late our time and we want the boys to rest and not to be looking at screens too much, we will probably record the final and show it to them later," a Chiang Rai Prachanukroh Hospital official said in a statement,  via ESPN .

The boys, ranging in age from 11 to 16, and their coach, 25, became trapped in a cave by rising floodwaters June 23 in the Chiang Rai province of northern Thailand. After 17 days underground, their rescue mission was completed Tuesday.

Eight boys were brought out on stretchers over the first two days of the efforts, four on Sunday and four more on Monday. The remaining boys and their coach were out by the end of the third day of the dangerous operation that claimed the life of ex-Navy SEAL diver Saman Kunan, who died last Friday while on a re-supply mission inside the cave.

It had been suggested the Wild Boars Football Club could be invited to watch the World Cup final in Moscow, though FIFA confirmed the team is not well enough to attend.

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