9 footballers face match-fixing trial in Vietnam
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9 footballers face match-fixing trial in Vietnam

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) – State media reports that nine Vietnamese professional football players were put on trial Monday on charges of match fixing.

Online newspaper VnExpress says players from the Vissai Ninh Binh club were accused of fixing the result of an Asian Football Confederation Cup match against Malaysian club Kelantan in March after placing bets with a bookmaker, who was also facing trial.

The verdict was expected later Monday.

Vissai Ninh Binh has withdrawn from the top-flight V-League but continues to play in the AFC Cup, where it lost 4-2 at home to Hong Kong’s Kitchee last week in the quarterfinals. The quarterfinal return leg will be played in Hong Kong on Tuesday.

In 2005, a group Vietnamese national team players were convicted of fixing an international match.