The Vietnam Football Federation (VFF) banned Candelario Gomez from the next three matches for a deliberate takedown left Hai Phong Defender Van Nhien with a fractured collarbone.
The 31-year-old Da Nang striker was also fined VND10 million (US$468) for the attack, which resulted in a red card at the 90th minute of the V.League’s sixth round match on January 31.
Local media called Gomez' attack an act of retaliation on the former national team player who had covered him a bit too closely throughout the game.
According to the Hai Phong Club, Van Nhien’s treatment will keep him off the field for over a month--a major loss for a club that's been playing unusually well.
Hai Phong dropped from second to third place after its loss to Da Nang.
VFF’s disciplinary committee also fined Da Nang VND15 million for failing to stop two Hai Phong fans from smuggling fireworks into the stadium and setting them off after Da Nang scored its second goal.
Hai Phong was fined VND3 million for the six yellow cards it racked up during the match.
The V.League tournament has grown increasingly violent as it nears its conclusion; five red cards were issued in the sixth round this past weekend.
During a single match held in Hang Day Stadium, Samson Hoang Vu of host Hanoi T&T received a pass in the 51st minute and shot a clear elbow into Khanh Thanh of the Dong Nai club.
During another match, Quang Ninh’s Minh Tung plowed both feet into Hoang Anh Gia Lai’s Hoang Thien while vying for the ball in the 75th minute.
Both Samson and Minh Tung were red carded, effectively benching them for the next two rounds.