A government decree allowing Vietnamese citizens to bet on international football matches is leaving punters confused as it omits popular European championships from the list of events allowed. The decree, effective March 31, legalizes betting activities for not only international football (soccer) competitions, but also dog- and horse-racing events for Vietnamese. However, the rule stipulates that people are only allowed to place wagers on matches or tournaments ruled by the world football’s governing body FIFA. This means only games and tournaments belonging to FIFA’s official system of competitions are available for Vietnamese punters to bet on. The list consists of 24 events, with such popular tournaments as the World Cup, Women's World Cup, Confederations Cup, Summer Olympic Games, Copa America, UEFA European Championship, the Champions League and Europa League. The English Premier League, … [Read more...] about Vietnamese punters shocked as EPL, La Liga excluded from football betting law
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SHB Danang grab V-League lead, Hoang Anh now third Hanoi still top after stage one, Tay Ninh win at last By Vu Duc - The Saigon Times Daily HCMC – SHB Danang secured top spot from Hanoi T&T after the 13th round of V-League-Eximbank 2012 after beating Vicem Haiphong 2-1 at home, while Hoang Anh Gia Lai defeated Thanh Hoa 2-0 to go third. Danang with a quality line-up and the fans’ backing at Chi Lang Stadium against strugglers Haiphong, were a sure bet for victory. However, Haiphong surprisingly took a ninth minute lead when midfielder Kavin Bryan slotted past Danang goalie Nguyen Thanh Binh from close range to stun the home fans. The lead didn’t last very long though, as three minutes later Danang leveled when Gaston Merlo headed home after receiving the ball from Nguyen Minh Phuong. A Phan Thanh Hung spot kick put the home side in front in 42 minutes and it was a lead they never looked like surrendering. With Hanoi T&T having a free weekend, Danang snatched … [Read more...] about SHB Danang grab V-League lead, Hoang Anh now third
Your Say, published every Friday, lets readers express their opinions on a topic or issue raised by the editor. Next week: Would you bet on EURO 2016? Like many people around the world, Vietnamese are crazy about football, especially world tournaments like World Cub, Champions League, or the on-going EURO 2016. "Love for the ball" has spread far and wide. Football players, students and office employees often stay awake most of the night, which seriously affects their ability to work the next day. Addiction to soccer betting, no matter how minor the amount of money placed on a bet, becomes a fever. That fever continues to burn, though sports betting remains illegal in Việt Nam. Due to popular demand, the country is considering the legalisation of sports betting operated under State management. But almost six years after the legalisation of sports betting was discussed officially for the first time, a draft decree regulating the business remains unseen. Many economists remain … [Read more...] about Would you bet on EURO 2016?
BOCHUM, Germany, Oct 6, 2010 (AFP) - Four alleged ringleaders in what is believed to be European football's biggest fraud scandal went on trial in Germany on Wednesday, accused of fixing more than 30 matches across Europe. The quartet, named only as Nuerettin G., Tuna A., Stevan R. and Kristian S., face up to 10 years in jail if found guilty of fraud in a trial that will question the integrity of lower-league football across the continent. The trial will focus on 32 games played in Germany, Belgium, Slovenia, Hungary, Croatia and Switzerland, mostly last season, where it is alleged dozens of players or referees were bribed to influence the matches. Bets totalling two million euros (2.8 million dollars) are alleged to have been placed on the matches involved, netting the gang winnings in the region of 1.6 million euros. The trial is part of a still-ongoing, wider investigation involving around 250 suspects and nearly 300 games in 15 countries in a surveillance operation which has … [Read more...] about European betting scandal trial opens
Deputy chairman of the Vietnam Football Federation, Le Hung Dung disagrees with the proposed limit on the amount of money in international football betting as mentioned in the draft decree that has been submitted to the government. Tuoi Tre had an interview with the VFF official about the issue. What do you think about the limit ranging from VND10,000 - VND1 million (US$48) for a bettor to bet in a day? I support legalizing football betting. We have been facing troubles in preventing and fighting illegal betting, so legalizing it is the best way to tackle it. After legalizing it, the legal football betting system will also face harsh competition with the illegal system which has simplified procedures. Now, all a bettor needs to do with the illegal system is just to make a phone call, send an SMS message, or a click on computer. So, the legal system must facilitate procedures to encourage bettors. It is the top priority. In reality, it is common for a bettor now to stake up to … [Read more...] about VFF official proposes no limit in football betting
English football was stunned on Monday night by claims that one of Liverpool's Champions League games was fixed. Investigators Europol are reported to have identified their 2009 victory over Hungarian side Debrecen at Anfield as one of 380 worldwide to have been successfully targeted by a far eastern betting ring. Debrecen goalkeeper Vukasin Poleksic was allegedly paid to ensure there were more than two goals in the match — something he failed to engineer. Liverpool won the game 1-0 and had seven shots on target — including one from Fernando Torres that Poleksic palmed into the path of Dirk Kuyt for the winner. Winner: Dirk Kuyt scores the only goal of the game in the match alleged to be part of the scandal (Liverpool are not said to be involved in any match-fixing) Was this the game? If Debrecen goalkeeper Vukasin Poleksic was paid to ensure there were more than two goals in the game at Anfield on September 17 2009, he did not do a very good … [Read more...] about Was this the rigged Champions League game? Danish paper claim Liverpool clash with Debrecen part of match-fixing scandal
Didier Drogba has rejoined at Chelsea... but sadly for his adoring fans, it's only for some winter training. He's not back to ease the pressure on the hapless Fernando Torres. Instead, he will simply train in the Chinese off-season. The Shanghai Shenhua striker left Chelsea in the summer after providing a parting gift of the Champions League trophy. Back but not in business: Didier Drogba has returned to Chelsea to train during the break between Chinese seasons Legend: Drogba is missed by the Stamford Bridge faithful, who parade this banner Now, 200 days after that momentous triumph in Munich's Allianz Arena, he is back. Wearing a training strip with Romelu Lukaku's No 18 on the front, Drogba is pictured with youngster Aziz Deen-Conteh. Lukaku sees Drogba as his idol and the players are close - perhaps it is a hint to new boss Rafael Benitez to recall the Belgian powerhouse. Tough times: Fernando Torres has struggled for goal - with and without … [Read more...] about Bet Torres is glad to see you… Chelsea legend Drogba back to train over the winter
With the World Cup to kick off in Germany tomorrow, millions of Vietnamese fans, just as those in other countries, will combine their two passions - football and betting. After a high profile betting scandal that cost a deputy minister and minister their jobs, it goes without saying that football betting is illegal in Vietnam, forcing many gamblers to meet with illegal bookmakers. Many restaurants and bars will screen matches in Vietnam, most of which are after midnight, tripling their beer and food stocks, anticipating a sustained, enthusiastic and noisy onslaught in one of the world's most football-crazed nations. Even though the Vietnamese national team has never qualified for the World Cup - Vietnam finished last in their group behind South Korea, Lebanon and the tiny Maldives this time around - interest is still at a fever pitch. Five-star hotels with giant plasma screens and roadside restaurants all hope to cash in on the event, during which red-eyed office workers … [Read more...] about How much will Vietnamese gamblers bet on the World Cup?
VietNamNet Bridge - Viet Nam's Asian Football Confederation Cup sides Song Lam Nghe An (SLNA) and Ha Noi T&T will clash in an early fixture of the V-League 10th round today, April 5. Both teams will enter the match with much calculation as they have crucial AFC Cup matches against important opponents a week later. The host, Ha Noi T&T, will certainly want a win to put their title aspirations back on track while SLNA will be happy with a draw. SLNA have gone from being a likely contender at the beginning of the season to a serious contender in the title race. Since March 11, they have won five matches in a row, three in the V-League and two in the AFC Cup, and are currently leading the V-League table with 19 points. Meanwhile, Ha Noi T&T, defending champions and strong pre-season title contenders, are struggling to meet expectations. The club is now six points behind SLNA at sixth place in the rankings. Without any serious injury or suspensions, SLNA have … [Read more...] about Domestic teams hedge bets in AFC Cup clash
A football match-fixing ring based in Singapore was the world's "largest and most aggressive" such operation, the Interpol chief said in remarks published Tuesday after the arrest of the group's suspected mastermind. International Criminal Police Organization Secretary-General Ronald Noble hailed the arrest in Singapore last week of 14 suspects. "I'm confident that Singapore law enforcement authorities have arrested the mastermind and leader of the world's most notorious match-fixing syndicate," Noble said in remarks carried by the city state's Today newspaper. "It is significant because this syndicate is considered the world's largest and most aggressive match-fixing syndicate, with tentacles reaching every continent and the mastermind was someone many believed was untouchable," Noble was quoted as saying without mentioning any name. A source has confirmed to AFP that among those arrested was Singaporean businessman Dan Tan, the syndicate's suspected head. He and four others … [Read more...] about Singapore match-fixing ring was world’s biggest: Interpol