According to the latest announcement by the VFF, 21-year-old Huynh Van Tien has received the heaviest penalty due to his role in initiating the match fixing. Tien was slapped with a VND5 million fine and given a five-year ban from all football related activities.
In addition, young talent Vo Minh Trong received a VND2.5 million fine and was hit with a six-month ban from all football related activities hosted by the VFF.
Shockingly, Trong had been a member of the Vietnamese national U19 team, scoring the only one goal in a 1-0 win for the country against Malaysia in the ASEAN U18 tournament in 2019.
The other nine players involved in the case are Tran Cong Minh, Nguyen Nhat Truong, Nguyen Anh Phat, Le Nhut Huy, Giang So Ny, Tran Huu Nghia, Cao Tan Hoai, Duong Vu Linh, and Kha Tan Tai.
Each of them was fined a total of VND2.5 million and have been hit by a six month-ban from football.
The scandal came to light after it was discovered that the 11 players had fixed a match against Vinh Long’s U21 team during the opening match of the U21 national qualifiers. Ahead of the tie, the players pooled their finances to bet VND150 million that the game would end with two goals or less.
After finishing the game with a final score of 1-1, the group won back their money, in addition to winning an addition VND133 million which was split among themselves. The side later went on to qualify for the U21 national tournament, where they managed to reach the semifinals.