|Quế Ngọc Hải receives a yellow card for his dangerous tackle in the V.League’s round three. He has since been fined and banned for four games by the VFF. — Photo zing.vn|Viet Nam News
Hà Nội — National team captain Quế Ngọc Hải of Viettel has been hit with a four match ban after a bad foul in the derby match against Hà Nội FC.
The tackle was only deemed a yellow card during the game, but V.League officials have reviewed the foul and imposed the ban.
The late challenge came towards the end of the match when Hải jumped in with both feet on Trần Văn Kiên.
The retrospective ban came along with a fine of VNĐ20 million (US$860).
Match referee Trần Đình Thịnh, who thought the challenge was only worthy of a yellow card warning, has also received a temporary ban.
Even though there have only been three games so far in the competition, this is the second time Hải has been banned.
Hải is no stranger to controversy. In 2015 he was banned for six months and asked to pay VNĐ800 million ($34,400) for medical bills for SHB Đà Nẵng’s midfielder Trần Anh Khoa after the challenge broke his leg and forced Khoa to retire. — VNS