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Vietnamese soccer players found guilty of match-fixing

Vietnamese soccer players found guilty of match-fixing

Seven former members of Vietnam's national soccer team were found guilty on Friday of fixing a match during the Southeast Asian Games more than a year ago.
One player was jailed and six received suspended sentences at the end of the two-day trial, said presiding judge Le Van Ban.
Midfielder Le Quoc Vuong was sentenced to six years in prison for "gambling and organized gambling" and an eighth defendant, striker Truong Tan Hai of the V-League Saigon Port club, was sentenced to three years in prison, he said.
The players were convicted of fixing a match between Vietnam and Myanmar during the SEA Games in the Philippines in December 2005 in return for 240 million dong (US$15,000).
Vietnam defeated Myanmar 1-0 and advanced to the semifinal to beat Malaysia 2-1, but lost 3-0 to regional powerhouse Thailand in the final.
Prosecutors say the players were paid by a local betting ring, whose leader remains at large, to ensure that their team won by only one goal in the match against Myanmar.
The other six defendants were found guilty of "organized gambling" and received suspended sentences ranging from two to two and a half years.
Star striker Pham Van Quyen received a two-year suspended sentence.
All of the players will be eligible to return to the playing field after serving their sentences.
The country's soccer governing body said the punishment would help to clean up a league plagued with match-fixing and scandals.
Vu Quang Vinh, Vice President of Vietnam Football Federation, said the sentences were appropriate. "It was a good lesson for everyone," he said.
Vietnamese soccer has seen a string of high-profile arrests in connection with bribery and gambling. Nearly two dozen referees, coaches and sports officials are facing criminal charges for various match-fixing incidents in the past year.


Updated : 2021-05-13 12:16 GMT+08:00