LaLiga heartened to hear about the rescue of the 12 children and their coach trapped at the Tham Luang cave in Thailand

Published on: 11 July 2018

After their disappearance on June 23, and subsequent rescue in the last few hours after being trapped in tough surroundings, LaLiga is delighted to see everyone involved return to their families and friends.

Images of the children dressed in their favourite football colours has dominated international news after they went missing after taking part in a game of football. These were pictures that touched millions across the globe.

LaLiga alongside the Thai League wish to show solidarity with all involved and the authorities in this complexed rescue mission.

LaLiga President Javier Tebas said: “It saddened me to hear what these young children went though, and the conditions that they were trapped in. However, I am personally delighted at their rescue and I would like to extend my gratitude to the Thai authorities, and all involved in the search and execution of the rescue efforts.

“When the time is right, and everyone involved is ready I’d personally like to invite the children and the coach to attend a LaLiga match. We’d like to host them and share with them the joy football can give, and I hope this gesture can help after the events of the last few weeks.

“Finally, I would also like to pay a special tribute to Saman Kunan, the former Navy Seal diver who tragically lost his life in the rescue attempts. Without Saman’s bravery and dedication the rescue of those trapped over the last 48 hours would never have happened. Everyone at LaLiga offers their deepest condolences to his family and friends at this time.”

Thai League President Pol. Gen. Somyot Poompanmoung added: "Our association is very pleased to acknowledge that all 12 kids and their coach have been successfully rescued from Tham Luang without any further severe injury.  On behalf of the Football Association of Thailand, we truly appreciate every relevant party involved and support provided in this crucial rescue mission, especially the rescuers, who played the main role to ensure that this rescue operation will be accomplished. Further to that, the Football Association of Thailand is more than ready to provide a full support to the kids and their coach in order to restore their encouragement and morale."

"Should there be any suitable football-related activities to give confidence and continuous support to all people involved in this specific incident, our association will surely liaise with LaLiga on the collaboration between both parties to conduct such activities."

"Lastly, we wish for the 12 kids and their coach to be fully recovered from their ordeal as soon as possible." 

LaLiga will continue working closely with the Thai League and the local authorities to support all involved and look forward to their visit to Spain soon.