Nearly 500 Vietnamese workers in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, were deported home to central Vietnam Saturday after a fight broke out among some of them, local newswire Vietnamnet reported.
The workers, natives of Nghe An and Ha Tinh provinces, said they were expelled wrongfully as they didn't start the fight that broke out on April 23.
Duc Duong, one of the workers, said around ten people started the fight after an argument ensued while gambling. Forty people were injured in the fight, most of them from Ha Tinh and Nghe An, Duong was quoted as saying by Vietnamnet.
"And hundreds of other people like me were expelled from Abu Dhabi without any reason."
It is not clear how manly locals were involved in or damaged by the fight.
Many of the workers had been sent to Abu Dhabi to be trained to become body guards.
Duong told Vietnamnet workers being sent back home were given VND100,000 (US$5.27) each and a notice from three labor exporters TTLC, Ptromanning and the state-run Sovilaco about working with them in June at a vocational school of the Ministry of National Defense in Nghe An.
Nghe An authorities on Sunday said a senior official has been sent to the Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs to get more information about the case.