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Bid To Keep Monks From Gambling

2 June 2004

THAILAND – As reported by the Nation: ``To keep monks from wagering on football, senior monks will propose the Sangha Supreme Council enforce monastic regulations against gambling when the Euro 2004 tournament kicks off June 12.

``Phra Dhamamoli, an abbot of Wat Pichayatikaram and First Region chief monk who oversees men of the cloth in Bangkok and nearby suburbs, admitted monks in almost every temple bet on football matches both among themselves and on soccer betting lines.

```Some monks hooked on footballbetting stole a temple abbot's bank account number and forged his signature to steal money for betting,' the monk said.

``…He expressed concern the trend of football wagering among monks would cause Buddhists to lose faith in their monks.'The football matches will be televised at night and monks can sneak out and watch TV at night. Their cheering could disturb people living around monasteries,' he said…"

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