Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Indictments issued for Vietnam football corruption

On 25 December six defendants in Vietnam's match fixing scandal were present at the Supreme Peoples’ Procuracy to listen to the prosecutor's indictment. The six are former players of the national football squad, Van Quyen, Quoc Anh, Van Truong, Bat Hieu, Phuoc Vinh and Hai Lam. According to VietNamNet Bridge, the players are charged with fixing the results of football matches during the 23rd SEA Games, held in Manila, the Philippines, late last year, during which Vietnam lost in the final match against Thailand. They had earlier been detained and prosecuted for gambling.

The Supreme Peoples’ Procuracy has also released the indictment on the prosecution of 14 people who fixed V-league football matches through referee bribes. The defendants being prosecuted for giving bribes are Nguyen Thanh Vinh (trainee of Dong A Bank–Pomina Steel Club), Tran Manh Cuong (assistant to the trainee of Youth Team of Dong A Bank–Pomina Steel Club) and Le Van Cuong (former Director of Can Tho Sports Department). Nine referees are facing prosecution for receiving bribes, while referee Luong Truing Viet is being prosecuted for acting as an intermediary in giving and receiving bribes.

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