Updated  
April, 23 2010 08:50:11

VFF, police agree to tackle match-fixing

HA NOI — Police and football authorities yesterday signed a co-operation agreement aimed at stamping out match-fixing in the national V-League.

The agreement follows a string of match-fixing scandals, in a country where gambling is widespread, despite being banned.

Two sides agreed to keep a close watch on every V-League match for possible signs of match-fixing and continue efforts to ensure fair and safe football matches.

"During the past years the Viet Nam Football Federation (VFF) has worked with the police to catch and penalise those responsible for match-fixing," said VFF chairman Nguyen Trong Hy.

"In the Southeast Asian Games in the Philippines, seven Vietnamese national players were jailed for match-fixing, and these arrests are a result of the co-operation between the VFF and police."

The seven players had rigged a match against Myanmar during the SEA Games.

However, the deputy head of the police investigation department, Colonel Ho Sy Tien, admitted that in order to effectively battle match-fixing and corruption in football, the Government may have to legalise some form of football betting.

"Legal betting would be an effective way to clear out the match-fixing and illegal betting problem in Viet Nam," said Tien.

Colonel Tien said the gambling problem in Viet Nam was not as serious as in other countries.

"We have taken measures to prevent match-fixing in football as well as in other sports," he said.

"We are developing a programme to tackle illegal betting not only in football, but other sports and games throughout the country."

In 2006, police said the ‘clean hands' campaign resulted in 1,554 people being arrested in 348 cases of illegal betting uncovered by police in 39 of the country's 64 provinces and cities.

Authorities also seized VND3.5 billion (US$219,400) and $31,762 in cash, 160 motorbikes, 13 cars, 382 cell phones and 54 computers.

The new co-operation agreement between football and police authorities also notes concerns about safety at matches.

The national league, which began it's season in January, was hit with outbreak of violence on and off the field at several some matches.

Colonel Tien said police authorities always arrange riot forces to ensure security at stadiums during every V-League match. — VNS

Send Us Your Comments:
Name:
Your E-mail address:
Title:
 

VietNamNews may edit your comments and not all emails will be published.

Highlight

Commando recalls sinking of US aircraft carrier Commando recalls sinking of US aircraft carrier

Seventy-nine-year-old former Vietnamese commando Lam Son Nao still feels uncomfortable whenever he thinks about the moment he tried to recover 84 kilos of explosives that had been left near the USNS Core aircraft carrier.

When festivals lose sight of the people 1    When festivals lose sight of the people

Last year I visited George Town in Penang, Malaysia. I was excited to find a lot of similarities between it and my hometown, Hue.

Cultural events lead to fireworks competition 1    Cultural events lead to fireworks competition

An International cuisine event will be held in the central city as a lead up to this weekend's scheduled seventh Da Nang International Fireworks Competition, a contest between teams representing five countries.

Da Nang to monitor trees with GIS 1    Da Nang to monitor trees with GIS

Da Nang plans to use the geographic information system (GIS) in the city's public tree management work, the municipal People's Committee spokesman Vo Van Thuong said.

Man detained for trafficking 15 monkeys Man detained for trafficking 15 monkeys

The Nghe An Province's environmental crimes division said this morning that it has detained a man for allegedly trafficking monkeys following a tip-off.