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Saigon FC amid match-fixing allegations

27 April 2012 06:31

Saigon FC of the Vietnamese Super League are being investigated for match-fixing following signs of irregularity in their recent results.

Questions emerged after a match between Saigon and Song Lam Nghe An, Saigon goalkeeper Bui Tan Truong made a serious mistake in stoppage time which saw them concede a 2-2 draw. Truong was later asked to find a new club following his poor performance in several other fixtures.

Responding to the allegations, the security department of league operators Vietnam Professional Football (VPF) have ordered Lu Dinh Tuan's team to present an official report regarding the team's questionable form.

"This situation has left the public wondering about the existence of a football betting and match-fixing ring," the department told Tuoi Tre.

Moreover, the security department has necessitated that Saigon's chairman to submit a document to clarify this case.

"Saigon FC should also create conditions to allow the suspicious men to (cooperate) with the agencies under the Ministry of Public Security in the future," the department's statement continued.

Responding to the allegations, club chairman Nguyen Duc Thuy stated that a meeting will be held with the entire squad in order to ask the involved players for their opinions.

"We have been sceptical over the last few days, as some of the match results were allegedly altered," Thuy said.

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