Something fishy Based on Lindsay’s reply. 1. Rule 5.3 applies to all the groups (group of eight), but group-1 (group of six). 2. The allocation of 5/6 teams to sub-groups in group-1 is determined by the way of drawing (random process, transparent), not by some arbitrary decisions (no so random, no so transparent) and it has been used for every SC draw. Does anyone have the draws and results of all the previous SC, at least for group-1? The history of random placement of teams 5/6 will prove that the allocation process for group-1 is transparent. I have the same thought here, Mark. Thailand’s withdraw not just because of the transparent issue. It may be something else too. First, it doesn’t make much difference whether Thailand is in group-a or group-b. (Pardon me all the Thailand fans, if you find this statement offensive. I just want to make a point here. I don’t mean to offend anyone.) If Thailand has much better chance of winning by being in the different sub-group, then it is understandable that they made a protest about it (welcome to debate on this point). Second, why wait until now to withdraw? The draw has been posted weeks ago.