Vietnam's top clubs want V-League rules adjusted

A meeting of Vietnam’s top football clubs has asked the Vietnam Football Federation and V-League administrators to change regulations regarding foreign players, fan violence, penalties and officials’ bias. Le Van Minh, director of Binh Dinh sports department, proposed lengthening the period of time for registering foreigner footballers. He said that domestic clubs have difficulty recruiting foreigners who have little time to fly to Vietnam for tryouts. He also asked that the VFF to compile regulations concerning fan violence. Many feel that the current rules are unfair and don’t make clear enough distinctions between home and away team fans.

Regarding penalties on the field, Portuguese coach Henrique Calisto from Dong Tam Long An Club proposed that a player be suspended from playing the following match if he is booked with three yellow cards in three consecutive games, instead of two cards as it is now. Technical director Tran Binh Su from Hoa Phat Hanoi mentioned that unfair referees were a problem and asked the league to work out measures to deal with officials’ personal bias.

Duong Nghiep Khoi, head of VFF’s board of organisers, announced that he would report all the proposals and would consult with Asian and world football governing bodies before making decisions, Thanh Nien newspaper reported.