The Ministry of Justice has affirmed that the contract between the Viet Nam Football Federation (VFF) and the Audio Vision Global Company (AVG) is valid.
HA NOI –
"By researching current law on civil commerce, the Ministry of Justice sees the 20-year deal between VFF and AVG is legal," said the Ministry of Justice in a document sent to the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.
Based on the Ministry of Justice's decision, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism inspection team sent a preliminary conclusion to the VFF yesterday affirming the validity of the contract.
The preliminary conclusion recommends the parties to change the term and value of the contract.
The final results of an inspection into this contract will be released tomorrow by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.
According to a source from the VFF, the parties would have a serious discussion about the problem soon.
However, insiders said the fight on exclusive broadcasting contracts between the Viet Nam Professional Football (VPF), the current operator of Viet Nam's top-tier Super League, and VFF-AVG was not over.
Nguyen Duc Kien, vice chairman of VPF recently said his company would take the case as far as it could if the inspection team did not find in its favour. It would consider petitioning the Government Inspectorate, he said.
The VFF signed a 20-year contract with AVG for the 2011-30 period and recently released an official document stating that AVG has all broadcasting rights for national football tournaments. Under the deal, VPF does not have any rights or duties.
There has been on-going dispute between AVG and VPF as to exactly what happened. – VNS