|Midfielder Nguyễn Văn Quyết of Hà Nội (left) receives a ban of two matches because of his foul during a V.League match last Saturday. — Photo TV screen shot|Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — Key Hà Nội FC midfielder Nguyễn Văn Quyết has been suspended for two matches because of his foul during a V.League match last Saturday.
Quyết, in an attempt to steal the ball, elbowed Nghiêm Xuân Tú of Quảng Ninh Coal in the face. His foul was not recognised by the referee but caught on television.
The Việt Nam Football Federation watched the replay and decided to sideline Quyết and impose a fine of VNĐ15 million (US$670).
The midfielder who is the national captain, was one of the leading candidates for the Golden Ball, awarded to the best player of the year. However, one of the standards for the winner is to be clear of any VFF suspension.
Last year Quyết also received a five-match ban for pushing a referee. It cost him a berth in the national team, which went on to play two matches in the 2018 World Cup qualification round.
According to rumours, Thai champions Buriram United are looking to bag Quyết for their league next season.
VFF also fined striker Uche Iheruome of FLC Thanh Hóa VNĐ5 million ($220) and suspended him from two matches due to his extreme reaction against referee Võ Minh Trí during a match against Sông Lam Nghệ An on November 25. — VNS