11 Viet players admit to fixing AFC Cup match

Members of V-League side Vissai Ninh Binh have been found to be involved in fixing the outcome of the away tie against Kelantan FA
A total of 11 players from the V-League side Vissai Ninh Binh have admitted to fixing the outcome of an AFC Cup match on March 18.

Goal had reported on Friday on the investigations into the match-fixing allegations surrounding the Kelantan FA - Vissai Ninh Binh tie and the withdrawal of the club from domestic competitions.

Goal now understands that four first-team players from the fateful match, along with five substitutes and two other players who knew of the fix but failed to report it, have admitted to their participation in the scam.

Nine players from Ninh Binh, led by Vietnam national team forward Tran Manh Dung, had placed a bet worth VND1,020,000,000 (USD48,000) on the total number of goals to be scored in the AFC Cup tie against Kelantan. The players had bet on a minimum of four goals to be scored in the match.

Ninh Binh won the match 3-2, and as a result the players pocketed VND800,000,000 in profit (USD38,000) with the money being shared by the 11 accused.

With all 11 players already having admitted to their guilt, it is believed Ninh Binh will formally announce their withdrawal from the AFC Cup soon.

In a media statement released on late Friday evening the AFC expressed deep concerns over the scandal.

The AFC also highlighted the enforcement of purging the team's record in the competition with additional sanctions and penalties likely, as per the regulations of the 2014 AFC Cup.

EDIT April 12 1420hrs: Currency conversion from VND to USD changed from USD3800 & USD4800 to USD38000 and USD48000

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