SHB Da Nang, a club in the V-League 2012, Vietnam’s top-flight professional football league, has petitioned to the Vietnam Football Federation (VFF) and other relevant agencies to temporarily halt the organizing of the V-League, due to a myriad of problems relating to referees.
“Though only covering nine rounds, which is only a third of its full season, many shortcomings from referee assigning, and their management over the matches, have occurred,” said Bui Xuan Hoa, CEO of SHB Da Nang Sports JSC, in the document sent to the VFF chairman.
The petition has also been sent to the VFF’s discipline and referee departments, and the head of the V-League organizing board.
Hoa, who is also a member of the board of directors of Vietnam Professional Football (VPF), the company set up to manage the country’s football leagues, said SHB Da Nang have repeatedly suffered disadvantageous results from the referees’ mistakes.
“In the latest cases, SHB Da Nang had to sustain two draws due to the incomprehensible decisions from referees Ngo Quoc Hung in the match against Hanoi, and Hoang Anh Tuan in the game against Kienlongbank Kien Giang,” said Hoa.
Hoa charged that a number of severe wrong decisions from the referees have directly affected the league’s quality, and consequently reduced the number of spectators at the stadiums.
“SHB Da Nang demanded that relevant agencies quickly rectify the league management, as well as revise the ability of certain referees,” Hoa wrote in the petition.
“Should the issues remain unsettled, it is essential that we suspend the V-League for the rectifications to be better conducted.”
As of the evening of March 12, SHB Da Nang has received no response from authorities, said Hoa.
Meanwhile, Duong Vu Lam, head of VFF’s referee department, told Tuoi Tre that whether referee Hoang Anh Tuan and his colleagues have made mistakes can only be determined after a comprehensive study of the match videotapes.
“Referee mistakes, if any, will be subject to proper penalties,” confirmed Lam.
“The referee department will not hesitate to indefinitely suspend those who make serious mistakes.”
Meanwhile, VPF deputy CEO Pham Phu Hoa said on Tuesday that the company has received SHB Da Nang’s petition, and will study it to provide a final conclusion.
“VFF’s discipline department will respond to the case within this week, and there is no V-League suspension,” confirmed Hoa.