Following up on a recent post regarding the extent of dishonest play in Vietnamese sports:
Police Arrest Selves Following Investigation
It reads like a page from the news satire favorite, The Onion. The caption above is not true the story connected to it is. And this is no laughing matter.
An investigation underway is currently determining the extent of unfair sportsplay in connection with the match-fixing scandal by members of the Vietnamese national team in the recent 2005 SEA Games. However, one begins to doubt the earnestness of the investigation when it was today revealed that the Ho Chi Minh City police department soccer team has engaged in the very same practices. The following excerpt is from the Vietnam News online:
It has come to light that before a match between Song Lam Nghe An and the HCM City Police Team in the last round of the 2000-2001 season, coach Nguyen Huu Thang negotiated a deal in which the HCM City Police Team agreed to throw the game in exchange for 65 million VND. By winning the match 4-3, Song Lam Nghe An became the first champions of Vietnam’s professional football league.
VietnamNews. Central football team admits to match fixing
Posted by on January 6, 2006 5:08 PM | Permalink