Major bookie arrested in AFC Cup gambling scandal

By Quang Duan - Lan Phuong, Thanh Nien News

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Dao Duc Loi, 36, was arrested for allegedly taking bets from Vissai Ninh Binh players. Photo: Quang Duan
Ninh Binh police arrested Dao Duc Loi on Tuesday and charged the bookmaker for his role in the betting scandal at Vissai Ninh Binh football club that led to the arrest of two players on April 29.
The 36-year-old Hai Phong man had turned himself in for questioning, according to Vo Hong Phuc, spokesman of Ninh Binh Province Police Department.
On April 29, Loi and nine other Vissai Ninh Binh players were charged with gambling. On the same day, police arrested Defender Tran Manh Dung and goalkeeper Nguyen Manh Dung and issued a warrant for Loi.
According to investigators, defender Dung was the one who enlisted eight other players in the scheme to manipulate scores during the Asian Football Council (AFC) Cup match against Malaysia’s Kelantan on March 18
He offered Loi to make a VND2 billion (US$95,000) bet; the bookmaker only accepted half that amount.
Vissai Ninh Binh defeated Kelantan 3-2 and the Vietnamese players won their bet, though they returned their illicit winnings as soon as their investigation was launched.
Football fans in Hai Phong told reporters that Loi's no stranger to them because he is the owner of the local amateur club Thang Loi FC.
The club has attracted several V-League players like Bat Hieu, Van Nam, Tien Thanh, Khanh Hung and Hoang Danh Ngoc.
Doi was born to a notorious mafia family in Hai Phong who run transportation services, gas stations and a mortgage brokerage.
During friendly matches with other clubs, he made friends with well-known players and allegedly got them involved in betting.

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