Vietnamese coaches and referees charged with match-fixing

June 12, 2006

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HANOI: Vietnamese police have charged 17 referees and coaches with involvement in match-fixing, state media reported on Friday. Just hours before the opening match of the World Cup finals in Germany, the Lao Dang (Labour) newspaper said the coaches were accused of giving the referees, including one FIFA-certified official, up to $750 to fix two league matches in March and April 2005. Executive manager Vu Tien Thanh and coach Nguyen Thanh Vinh of East Asia Bank-Pomina Steel (EABPS), the club involved in both games, were arrested last year accused of bribing referees to help win promotion to the top tier V-league. The officials were also accused of fixing several other matches in 2004 and 2005 and face up to 20 years in jail if found guilty. Reuters

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