Football: Six Vietnamese players guilty of match-fixing, banned for life

HANOI (REUTERS) - Six Vietnamese players were banned for life by the country's football federation (VFF) on Wednesday after being found guilty of match-fixing a domestic league game in 2014.

The former Dong Nai players also received a combined fine of 130 million dong (S$8,200) for rigging the V. League match last year in return for a 200 million dong bribe.

Police detained the players in July last year after suspicions were raised about Dong Nai's 5-3 defeat by Quang Ninh Coal.

Match-fixing has long plagued Vietnamese football, with arrests of coaches, bookmakers and players commonplace.

Football is the most popular sport and gambling is rampant, despite being strictly illegal.