HA NOI — The Viet Nam Professional Football Company (VPF) will query the conclusion of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism about the broadcasting rights to the top national football championship.
"The VPF believes there are still some points to be examined in the ministry's conclusion. I re-affirm my previous statement that I will pursue this matter until the best contract for Vietnamese football is signed," said VPF Deputy Chairman Nguyen Duc Kien at a press briefing in the capital on Thursday.
"Following the conclusion, the VPF sticks to its view that the broadcasting rights are co-owned by the Viet Nam Football Federation (VFF) and its members [clubs].
"A contract between the VFF and the Audio Vision Global Company (AVG) excluding the input from clubs will be illegal and unfair," he said.
According to Kien, co-founder of the VPF, ministry inspectors failed to check all rules and regulations before reaching their conclusion [the VFF is the owner of the championship and has the right to sign a contract with the AVG].
According to the VPF, Article 74.1 of the VFF's Regulations clearly states that the VFF and other members of the federation share ownership and interests including the broadcasting rights to professional championships.
Kien said the VPF would send its query to the Minister of the Culture, Sports and Tourism and additional reports to related State agencies.
"The VPF does not oppose anyone. We want the best for Vietnamese football," he added.
Meanwhile, the ministry's inspection delegation has stood by its conclusion.
"The VFF is the owner of the professional football championships based on Article 53.2 of the Sports and Physical Training Code and Article 4.14 of the VFF's Regulations. The Ministry of Justice supports us in this matter," said Vu Xuan Thanh, head of the inspection team.
The VFF and the VPF have agreed on a contract of handing over the organising and managing rights, but it has not yet been signed.
"In our conclusion we state that at the time of inspection, the VPF had still not been lawfully recognised as a company able to exploit the commercial rights of professional football championships in 2012," Thanh said.
"The VPF will need to concede to ministerial, National Administration of Sports and Physical Training as well as VFF decisions."
Earlier, the inspectorate confirmed the legality of the proposed 20-year contract between the VFF and the AVG.
The inspection team concluded that the VFF had followed all the necessary procedures to transfer its television rights to the AVG.
Regarding the 20-year term, the team said the existing civil and commerce codes of Viet Nam placed no limit on the length of a contract.
Thanh later suggested that the VPF and the AVG find a joint solution to the issue.
As a result, the AVG has invited VPF leaders for discussions in the capital on February 20. — VNS