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Controversy mars local tournament

Update: November, 09/2015 - 08:56

Referee Phung Dinh Dung (centre) gave a red card to Myanmar's Dway Ko Ko Chit. — Photo

HA NOI (VNS) — Myanmar's Yadanarbon FC was judged to have lost to a South Korean student team 0-3 after the Myanmar team objected to a referee's call during a second Group A match of the International Football Tournament-Binh Duong Television Cup yesterday.

The controversy occurred in the 68th minute. Dway Ko Ko Chit committed an error with a South Korean player, and referee Phung Dinh Dung then issued Chit a yellow card. However, it was Chit's second yellow card in this match, meaning he had to leave the game.

In arguing with Dung's decision, Chit and his teammates surrounded the referee.

After that, Yadanarbon FC players stopped playing in protest of Dung, as they thought he had judged the match incorrectly.

Earlier, Yadanarbon's Charles Huberson Don also received a red card in the 34th minute when his team took a 1-0 lead.

In the final minutes of the first half, Jeong Wonjin of South Korea levelled the score. After the break, the South Korean team easily scored two more goals, until Yadanarbon received his second red card.

Yadanarbon received six yellow cards and two red cards in 66 minutes of playing their rival in this match.

"We have held a meeting with the match's supervisor and representatives of both teams. Myanmar's team was very sorry about this breakdown and the squad agreed with the event organising board's decision of judging them to have lost to the South Korean team 0-3," said Do Van Trung, head of the event's organising board.

Trung added that Yadanarbon would continue competing in the last Group A match with Sanna Khanh Hoa BVN tomorrow, but they requested to review the referee's judging of the match.

Referee Dung said he worked objectively according to the rules.

In other matches played yesterday, Becamex Binh Duong tied with Khanh Hoa 1-1.

Today, the Japanese student squad will meet Bangu Atletico Clube of Brazil and Dong Tam Long An will face Quang Ninh Coal in Group B matches.

The event, which has attracted the participation of eight teams, will end in the southern province of Binh Duong's Go Dau Stadium on November 15.

The winner will walk away with VND500 million (US$22,700). — VNS

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