Saturday, March 24, 2007

Little chance of Van Quyen playing in Malaysia

Coach Steve Darby of Malaysian Super League club Perak reportedly hoped to sign suspended Vietnamese star Van Quyen on a package including a monthly salary of US$4,000 plus housing and a car - or so it has been claimed in Vietnam media.

According to the experienced Australian coach, a journalist called him to ask his opinion of Van Quyen. "I said he was a great player and could easily have played overseas in countries such as Malaysia. When asked how much he would earn I said foreigners usually get US$4,000-5,000 plus a car, a lot more than he would have been getting in Vietnam. I was then asked if my club, Perak, would take him and I replied that if he was only banned by the Vietnam Football Federation then it would be legal to take him, as long as Football Association of Malaysia approved," he told Asian Football Business Review.

"I am not looking for foreigners this year, but maybe next season. I would like Cong Vinh or Bao Khanh but I can never get them released from their clubs," he said.

Van Queyen, Vietnam's 2003 Golden Ball winner, was convicted of corruption and received a suspended jail term in January for fixing a SEA Games match in 2005. The Vietnam Football Federation added a four-year playing suspension to his punishment.

Than Nien newspaper reported that the VFF suspension is likely to to be internationally endorsed by the Asian Football Confederation and FIFA with an announcement on regional and international suspensions expected after Van Quyen's seven-day period of appeal expires this week.

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