|Trần Mạnh Hùng has resigned as deputy chairman of VPF. — Photo nld.mediacdn.vn|
HÀ NỘI — Deputy chairman of the Việt Nam Professional Football Joint Stock Company (VPF) Trần Mạnh Hùng has resigned after a tape of him insulting Dương Văn Hiền, deputy head of the referee board of the Việt Nam Football Federation (VFF), was circulated online.
Hiền recorded the meeting between VPF and VFF’s referee boards to solve issues of referring the ongoing national premiere league on May 15, in which Hùng used indecent words to threaten Hiền, which affected the prestige of VPF.
Hùng apologised to VPF’s shareholders and football fans at a meeting of the company on May 22. He said his words were spontaneous and that he did not mean them.
VPF chairman Trần Anh Tú accepted Hùng’s resignation, saying, “We appreciate that Hùng has acknowledged his mistake and regret that he has resigned as VPF deputy chairman. However, we accept his decision as it will help salvage the image of VPF and Vietnamese football.”
VPF had earlier decided to not invite three referees to the ongoing league, including Hiền who didn’t fulfil his responsibilities as referee supervisor. — VNS