The Vietnam Football Federation (VFF) announced on Friday that they have suspended the 2022 Vietnam Golden Ball winner for eight matches due to his aggressive behavior. This decision came after the player had assaulted an assistant referee in the aftermath of a lost game earlier this week. His actions were deemed unacceptable and have resulted in a stern punishment.
The 31-year-old Nguyen Van Quyet recently achieved the remarkable feat of winning the Vietnam Golden Ball award for the second time in February of this year. As a result of his success, he has been fined a hefty sum of VND40 million (approximately US$1,703).
Quyet attacked the assistant referee, Nguyen Le Nguyen Thanh, violently after Hanoi FC lost 1-3 to Topenland Binh Dinh in the seventh round of the 2023 V-League 1, the top professional football league in Vietnam, on Monday. The incident occurred shortly after the final whistle was blown, leaving the referee in shock. The attacker was subsequently arrested and charged with assault.
Assistant referee Thanh affirmed that Quyet thrust his elbow into his opponent’s chest, causing them to suffer from difficulty breathing, according to news site VnExpress.
The Hanoi FC striker and captain was immediately shown a red card on the pitch.
One day later, Quyet made a phone call to Thanh to apologize for his actions and also issued an apology on social media, VnExpress reported. He expressed his regret for having hurt his friend and assured him that he would strive to be more responsible in the future.
Striker Nguyen Van Quyet celebrated a special milestone on April 13, 2023, when he scored his 100th goal in the top-tier V-League 1. To commemorate the momentous occasion, a photograph of Quyet was taken and shared throughout the country. The image shows Quyet in a state of euphoria as he celebrates his 100th goal, captured by Minh Duc of Tuoi Tre. This momentous occasion will be remembered for many years to come.
|Striker Nguyen Van Quyet celebrates his 100th goal at the top-tier V-League 1, April 13, 2023. Photo: Minh Duc / Tuoi Tre
For further punishments, the tournament organizers compiled notes from the match observers and referee team and submitted a report to the Vietnam Football Federation’s (VFF) disciplinary committee. This committee eventually decided to impose the highest penalties for the offense; an eight-match ban and a VND40-million fine.
Quyet, who has had 97 international appearances, including 57 caps and 16 goals in the national team jersey, will not be able to feature in any official matches until July.
Quyet was entrusted with the captaincy of the national team at numerous tournaments in 2018, culminating in his most recent appearance at the 2022 AFF Cup from December 20, 2022 to January 16. During the tournament, he featured as a starting player in two matches and a substitute in two others.
This isn’t the first instance that the striker has been banned for utilizing physical aggression during games.
He was suspended from playing football for two matches after infringing on another player at the 2019 V-League 1.