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AFC to fine Vietnamese club HAGL for rescheduling training session

By Hoang Nguyen   April 18, 2022 | 03:45 am PT
AFC to fine Vietnamese club HAGL for rescheduling training session
HAGL players (in blue) during the AFC Champions League game with Yokohama F. Marinos on April 16, 2022. Photo by VnExpress/Duc Dong
V. League club HAGL will face a cash fine for changing its training schedule without notifying the Asian Football Confederation.

The V. League club will have to pay $10,000 for moving the schedule of a training session of AFC Champions League (ACL) on April 15 without letting AFC supervisor know in advance. HAGL had a session at 4 p.m. but moved it to 4:30 then 5 p.m. Although it's normal to rechedule a session, HAGL didn't tell AFC, going against its code of conduct.

Previously, in the pre-game press conference also on April 15, HAGL violated another AFC regulation when a few members of the club including the head coach, a player and a translator wore jerseys carrying the sponsor's logo. A fine for this violation has yet to be decided.

This is HAGL's return to the ACL after 17 years. They are the host of all matches in group H of AFC Champions League this year. In the first game, the club lost 1-2 to Japan's Yokohama F. Marinos. On Tuesday, they will face Australian club Sydney FC and on Friday, take on South Korea's Jeonbuk.

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