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Six Vietnamese players banned for life for match-fixing

Thursday, April 16, 2015, 10:08 GMT+7
Six Vietnamese players banned for life for match-fixing
Pham Huu Phat, one of the Dong Nai FC players banned for life, is seen in this file photo.

Six Vietnamese players were banned for life by the country's football federation (VFF) on Wednesday after being found guilty of match-fixing a domestic league game in 2014.

The former Dong Nai players also received a combined fine of 130 million dong ($6,024) for rigging the V.League match last year in return for a 200 million dong bribe.

Police detained the players in July last year after suspicions were raised about Dong Nai's 5-3 defeat by Quang Ninh Coal.

Match-fixing has long plagued Vietnamese soccer, with arrests of coaches, bookmakers and players commonplace. Soccer is the most popular sport and gambling is rampant, despite being strictly illegal.

($1=21,580 dong)

Reuters

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