V-League kicks off 2006 with corrupt club dropped

Vietnam's professional, national football competition, the V-League, kicks off for a new season on 15 January 2006 with 13 teams in the fray instead of the usual 14, the Vietnam Football Federation confirmed.

East Asia Bank-Pomina Steel (EABPS) was dropped from the league after being found to have earned promotion to the topflight through match rigging. Several of the club officials are facing prosecution alongwith a raft of referees and assistant referees.

See also: Vietnam elite clubs demoted for match-fixing (18 Nov) and V-League coach and ref arrested for corruption (10 Nov)