The chairman of the scandal-plagued Vissai Ninh Binh football club filed a petition to shut down the club after nine players were convicted of gambling and banned from play for life.
“We are not doing football anymore not because of financial reason,” Chariman Pham Van Le
told Thanh Nien on Tuesday.
The club’s leaders, he said, no longer have heart and motivation to carry on under the cloud of disgrace that settled over them during the match-fixing scandal that broke during the 2014 AFC Cup.
On Tuesday, the northern club's headquarters was closed to all of its divisions.
Even its Under-13, Under-15 and Under-19 teams were told to go home and await an official decision from the provincial administration.
“Ninh Binh football's future sits in the hands of the Ninh Binh People’s Committee,” Le said.
Coach Bui Huu Nam said the club would be shut down sooner or later.
“It seemed the players believed that to be inevitable. But they cried a lot as they made their way home,” he told the media Tuesday.
Nam said that of all the tough decisions he's faced since the scandal, closing the door on his youth teams has been the hardest.
Vissai Ninh Binh Coach Bui Huu Nam speaks to the media in front of the club's headquarters, which was closed on January 5. Photo: Dinh Dung.
“They have the potential to be good players if they continue to train for two more years,” he said.
Asked about his future, he said he would accept any invitation to coach a football team.
“I have a strong love for training young players. The club managers should send them to other clubs to continue their careers.”
On December 25, VFF’s Disciplinary Board issued a decision that banned the nine former Vissai Ninh Binh players for life, in addition to fining them an additional VND20 million (US$935) each for gambling and match fixing.
On August 25, the Ninh Binh People’s Court sentenced Vissai Ninh Binh defender Tran Manh Dung to 30 months in prison for match fixing.
Eight other players from the Vissai Ninh Binh Club received suspended sentences for betting on an AFC match against Malaysia’s Kelantan on March 18.
The disciplined players included: Le Quang Hung, Nguyen Manh Dung, Pham Xuan Phu, Chu Ngoc Anh, Le Van Duyet, Nguyen Gia Tu, Nguyen Van Hung and Phan Anh Tuan.