Vietnam police probe football match-fixing
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnamese police are investigating an alleged match-fixing incident involving 11 players from a top-flight local team.
The owner of Vissai Ninh Binh says the players had admitted to police they conspired to fix the result of an Asian Football Confederation Cup match against Malaysian club Kelantan last month after placing bets with a bookmaker.
Hoang Manh Truong says police are widening their investigation into other matches played by his club. He says the club would decide this week whether to continue playing in the AFC Cup and the local league.
Police across Asia are struggling to prevent match-fixing, which has long been prevalent in the region.
In 2005, several Vietnamese national team players were convicted of fixing an international match.