Coach Lê Văn Tú of Khánh Hoà during the national championship last week. He has been banned for two years due to match fixing. Photo webthethao.vn
HÀ NỘI — Coaches Lê Văn Tú and Mai Văn Đức were yesterday banned from all football activities because of match fixing.
The Việt Nam Football Federation (VFF) banned Tú, coach of Khánh Hoà beach football club, for two years and fined him VNĐ6 million (US$270) for attempting to tempt coach Đức of Đà Nẵng to fix a match during the National Beach Football Championship on July 17-23 in Nha Trang City.
Đức was banned 18 months and fined VNĐ4 million ($180) as he did not report the incident to the VFF and for the disrespect he showed referees in the event's final.
During the group stage, Tú called Đức and asked him to let Khánh Hoà win so both teams could advance to the final, where Đà Nẵng would be allowed to win. Đức refused the offer.
Khánh Hoà beat Đà Nẵng 1-0 in the group stage and 3-2 after penalties in the final and defended their title.
After the final, Đức told his players to refuse their silver medals as well as their awards for top scorer and most valuable player, after having argued with the referees during the match.
A day after the final, a record of the conversation between two coaches was revealed. — VNS