The Vietnam Football Federation (VFF) has slapped a 28-match ban on a local footballer for breaking the leg of an opponent in a nasty challenge last week.
Song Lam Nghe An defender Tran Dinh Song has been handed the harsh punishment after his challenge resulted in a broken leg for Hung Vuong An Giang midfielder Nguyen Anh Hung.
In addition to the suspension, which will see Tran miss the entire 2014 campaign, he will also be fined VND20million (S$1,200) by the VFF.
“The punishment is meant to be a warning to players throughout the nation, where violent behaviour on the field has gradually become more popular,” VFF said in a statement.
However, SLNA coach Nguyen Huu Thang was unhappy with the verdict and hit back at the extremely harsh punishment given out to his player.
“I do not take sides with my player,” Nguyen said.
“I myself will fine him if he does wrong. We will appeal because his absence would strongly affect our name and V.League results.”