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A former captain of the Vietnamese national football team has recently become a topic of gossip after he was stopped by police and found to be in a hallucinatory state in his car, allegedly high on drugs.

On September 7, Nguyen Huy Hoang, 31, drove a Honda CR-V on Ba Trieu Street in Thanh Hoa, the capital of the northern eponymous province, at high speeds.

After hitting a woman on her motorbike, causing her to fall, Hoang did not stop but continued to speed carelessly through the street, and was only stopped by police at a red light.

He was surrounded by police and curious locals, one of whom filmed the scene and posted it on YouTube. The footballer's bizarre behavior soon went viral.

The clip shows Hoang in the traditional red uniform of the national football team, displaying little reaction to his car being stopped by the police, making vague gestures.

With his mouth wide open and eyes closed, Hoang occasionally sawed the air with his hands and shook his body gently to music, triggering suspicion that he had been under the influence of drugs.

Twenty minutes later, Hoang was taken to a police station, but police could not question him since he was not in a normal state. He was later released on bail.

After the video clip of Hoang's acts was posted on the Internet, there was a myriad of criticism from football lovers who said his behavior was shameful and deserving of punishment.

Le Thi Hang, the woman who was hit by Hoang's car, sustained minor injuries.

According to fans, there should be drug tests on Hoang and other Song Lam Nghe An players to prevent similar incidents in the future. However, the idea was dismissed by Nguyen Huu Thang, the coach of the club, who said previously that Hoang was just drunk.

Thanh Hoa police also concluded that Hoang was drunk when he caused the accident, while many eyewitnesses said Hoang did not smell of alcohol while in his car.

Hoang was called up to the national team in 2002. He retired from international football in 2010. He is said to be one of the best midfielders in Vietnamese football history.

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