The Vietnam Football Federation (VFF) disciplined Hoang Anh Gia Lai after a group of fans set off fireworks at the Pleiku Stadium following the club's 1-0 victory over Da Nang during the fifth round of the V-League conference on Sunday.
The club was officially rebuked and fined VND15 million (US$702) for “violating organizing works”, according to the decision announced Tuesday.
It was the second time Hoang Anh Gia Lai was fined for the same violation in the national football premier league 2015 season.
The club was fined VND10 million after the Pleiku Stadium became overloaded in the first round against Sanna Khanh Hoa and spectators spilled out onto the running track that lines the field.
Following the incident, the famously wealthy Hoang Anh Gia Lai President Doan Nguyen Duc was called to the site to urge spectators to return to the bleachers.
Following the fine, Nguyen Hai Huong, head of VFF’s disciplinary board, said that the high position of certain team owners wouldn't stop him from doing his job.
“In this case, many people said VFF took a lenient measure because of its president Duc. This is totally wrong… If we catch them violating the rules again, the fine will be stricter,” he said.
Following the fifth round, VFF also fined Dong Nai VND2 million after the club drew five yellow cards in a match against Dong Thap.
VFF officially rebuked Song Lam Nghe An after an ambulance arrived late in the match against Becamex Binh Duong.
During a separate match, VFF fined Song Lam Nghe An Assistant Coach Pham Anh Tuan
VND8 million and suspended him for two matches for opposing a referee during a game against Khanh Hoa.