V.League referee suspended for being lenient with violent act

By Tieu Bao, Thanh Nien News

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Que Ngoc Hai (L) wears the captain band as he plays for the national U23 team. Photo: Kha Hoa Que Ngoc Hai (L) wears the captain band as he plays for the national U23 team. Photo: Kha Hoa


The Vietnam Football Federation has suspended referee Phung Dinh Dung for his lenient punishment against a player who caused serious injuries to another during a V.League match last week.
Song Lam Nghe An’s Que Ngoc Hai was only given a yellow card for what many have called a violent fault against Da Nang’s Anh Khoa.
“The season has only one round to go and Dung will be suspended,” said Nguyen Van Mui, head of VFF’s board of referees.
“We will discuss relevant measures and make a decision at a meeting late this month,” he said.
The incident happened in the 20th minute in the match on September 13 when Que Ngoc Hai tried to block Anh Khoa’s attack. 
Khoa collapsed in pain and had to be substituted. He is still in a wheelchair and doctors cannot say for sure when he will be able to play again.
Hai is also the captain of Vietnam U23 team.
Mui said Dung should have issued a red card for the violent fault.
“A violent fault attracts a red card no matter if it has caused serious injuries or not,” he said.
After the match, Hai said he did not mean to hurt Khoa: “I would like to apologize to Khoa like a brother. Hope he would recover soon to get back to the field again.”
Meanwhile, Anh Khoa said he forgave Hai.
“However, I am still scared thinking about that moment.”
Last season, referee Phung Quoc Quan was suspended through the first leg after only issuing a yellow card against another Song Lam Nghe An player, Dinh Dong, for breaking the leg of An Giang’s Nguyen Anh Hung.

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