Becamex Binh Duong’s Abass Cheikh Dieng has been awarded the 2015 Fair Play Award at a ceremony held in Ho Chi Minh City on Wednesday.
The Senegalese striker were given 511 points by coaches, referees and sports journalists in the fourth annual award organized by Phap Luat Thanh pho Ho Chi Minh newspaper.
Dieng, who was being treated for an injury in Senegal, sent a video to the ceremony, saying he has recovered and will return to Vietnam soon.
“Now I am feeling fine. I am at home, starting to play slowly and ready for the second round. I would like to thanks everyone for supporting me since I was injured,” he said.
Dieng has won a lot of love and respect after he forgave Hanoi T&T’s Duong Thanh Hao for a violent foul in a National Cup match on September 26, in which Binh Duong won 4-2.
Hanoi T&T's Thanh Hao's foul against Becamex Binh Duong's Abass Cheikh Dieng. Photo: Thanh Nien
In the match, Hanoi’s Thanh Hao got a red card for violently blocking Dieng. When Hao visited him at the hospital, Dieng said he forgave Hao and that it was simply an accident.
Dieng has also been awarded the Best Foreign Player title for the second year by Sai Gon Giai Phong newspaper for the 2015 season. He scored 40 goals for the club in the last three seasons.
The under-23 men’s football team was granted the second place with 411 points for supporting their player Huynh Tan Tai, who was injured at the 28th Southeast Asian Games last year in Singapore. The injury forced him out of the tournament after the opening match against Brunei.
Hai Phong Fans' Club was granted the third place award for denouncing several players of their team for match fixing in a V.League match last year against Can Tho.
Representatives of U-23 Vietnam (L) and Hai Phong Fans' Club receive 2nd and 3nd awards.