|As reported by the Agence France-Presse:”Vietnamese international footballers are under investigation for allegedly accepting money from the country's most notorious underworld network to fix matches”, state media said on Monday |
“A special police task force set up to disassemble the crime operations of Ho Chi Minh City mafia boss Nam Cam has handed the Vietnam Football Federation (VFF) a list of around 20 players it says conspired in match-fixing. Included on the list are members of the national team, the Gia Dinh Va Xa Hoi (Family and Society) newspaper said, without providing any names.
“…The players reportedly received money to fix matches beginning in 1998 and continuing through to the 2000-01 debut season of Vietnam's first professional league.
“…Ho Viet Su, a senior lieutenant to the 55-year-old Nam Cam, confessed to the task force that he had a very close relationship with an unnamed footballer for a professional club in Ho Chi Minh City. Su said he had once paid the player two billion dong (US$130,700), who then bought off other team members to fix a home and away leg in the domestic competition.
“The paper said a clash between Thua Thien Hue and Hanoi Police in the 2000-01 inaugural V-League season appeared to have been fixed. Both teams were fined and deducted points after league officials judged they had deliberately underperformed.
“Police said they were also investigating events surrounding the final of the Asian Tiger Cup tournament in 1998 in Hanoi, which Vietnam lost 0-1 to Singapore…”