Hanoi - A Vietnamese footballer was Monday jailed for
two-and-a-half years for fixing an AFC Cup match against a Malaysian team,
state media reported.
Eight other members of the Vissai Ninh Binh FC team were
given suspended sentences of up to 27 months for manipulating the result of the
match against Malaysian club Kelantan in March, the VNExpress online newspaper
A bookmaker was also jailed for 30 months at the trial in
northern Ninh Binh province.
Local media reports said the Vietnamese side bet on beating
the unfancied Malaysians in their regional trophy tie by a single goal margin.
According to the Thanh Nien newspaper, the Vietnamese
players won one billion dong ($48,000) after defeating Kelantan 3-2.
The players were arrested late April.
Gambling on football is illegal but widespread in communist
Vietnam.Most major syndicates bet on foreign matches,
but the domestic V-League has faced a slew of allegations of corruption and
match-fixing since its debut 2000-2001 season.
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