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Football: Vietnam club make last 16 despite match-fixing admission

Published on Apr 23, 2014 6:04 PM

(REUTERS) - Vissai Ninh Binh, who quit the Vietnam top flight over a match-fixing scandal in the AFC Cup, took advantage of a slow-moving investigation into the matter to book a place in last 16 of the tournament as Group G winners on Tuesday.

Earlier this month, 11 players of the Vietnam Cup winners told police they received around 800 million dong (S$48,000) for fixing a March 18 AFC Cup match against Malaysia's Kelantan in which they came from 2-1 down to win 3-2.

The team were withdrawn from the Vietnam top flight amid fears that domestic games could also have been fixed, but they were allowed to carry on their commitments in Asia's second-tier continental competition.

Asked why Ninh Binh were granted the green light to continue, tournament organisers the Asian Football Confederation told Reuters they would wait for a "detailed investigation report from the Vietnam Football Federation (VFF) before AFC can take any action".

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