Police interrogate more match-fixing footballers

May 22, 2006

Thanh Nien News | Sports | Police interrogate more match-fixing footballers

former Saigon Port players, Ho Van Loi  

Vietnamese police questioned three more footballers Thursday over a match-fixing scam five years ago for which several people have already been indicted and/or arrested.

The three former Saigon Port FC players, Luong Trung Tuan, Tran Quang Huy and Nguyen Van Tuan, were called to Hanoi following allegations they are among some 15 players from the club who took VND250 million (US$15,700) for throwing a crucial match in 2000-01.

The alleged paymaster, Song Lam Nghe An (SLNA) FC coach Huu Thang Thang, was arrested last year.

The police revealed they got information of the three players’ involvement from Truong Tan Hai, an ex-Saigon Port player who was arrested in March.

Hai had admitted to receiving the $15,700 from Thang and distributing to his teammates, with each receiving different sums based on their ‘performance’.

Thang has also admitted he bribed players from another club, HCMC Football Team, for throwing games and helping SLNA to win the title.

Last week five former Saigon Port players, Huynh Hong Son, Ho Van Loi, Nguyen Phuc Nguyen Chuong, Nguyen Van Phung, and Bui Xuan Thuy, were charged with bribery and match fixing.

Two of them, Son and Loi, were arrested last week and are in a prison near Hanoi.

Police, however, refused to name the remaining on the list of 15 players.

Luong Trung Tuan’s uncle Luong Trung Viet, a referee, was arrested in August last year in another bribery and match-fixing case.

Tuan himself has just served out a suspension for involvement in another match-fixing case and returned to playing.

Reported by Nguyen Binh, Thanh Phong – Translated by Minh Phat

Story from Thanh Nien News
Published: 19 May, 2006, 11:36:33 (GMT+7)
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