Viet court to try further 14 for football matchfixing

A Vietnamese court will try 14 referees and football team officials next month on charges of match-fixing, state media reported. Nine referees and five coaches will stand trial in the capital Hanoi in March on charges of taking bribes to fix the score of V-League games during the 2004-2005 season. Seven of the referees are accredited by FIFA.

Vietnam Express named the referees accused of taking bribes as Le Van Tu, Truong The Toan, Pham Huu Loc, Hoang The Dung, Vu Trong Chien, Pham Cong Duc, Nguyen Quang Huy, Nguyen Tien Dung and Nguyen Huu Thanh. Another referee, Luong Trung Viet, is charged with mediating bribery. The four officials charged with giving bribes are head coach Nguyen Thanh Vinh, vice coach Vu Tien Thanh, assistant coach Tran Manh Cuong, all from East Asia Bank-Pomina Steet FC; and Le Van Cuong, director of Can Tho province’s sports department.