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Goalkeeper sidelined for referee provocation

By Nam Anh   March 23, 2021 | 11:00 pm PT
Goalkeeper sidelined for referee provocation
Goalkeeper Pham Tran Thanh Vu (in black) in Can Tho FC line up. Photo courtesy of Vietnam Football Federation.
Pham Tran Thanh Vu of Can Tho FC was banned for three games after clashing with the main referee in a V. League 2 match.

The keeper was fined an additional VND10 million ($432). In the 88th minute of the game between Can Tho and Cong An Nhan Dan (CAND) last Friday, Vu fouled a striker inside the box, prompting referee Do Anh Duc to award CAND a penalty and Vu a yellow card.

After Vu had successfully blocked the penalty, he ran over and slid onto his knees in front of Duc in provocation.

"When I rewatched the video, I realized my behavior was totally inappropriate. With little time left, a penalty would have cost us the game. So, after I blocked it, I let my emotions take over," Vu said.

Pham Tran Thanh Vu of Can Tho FC provokes the referee after blocking a penalty against Cong An Nhan Dan, March 19, 2020.

Vietnam Football Federation (VFF) subsequently suspended Vu for three V. League 2 matches from April 4 to 17.

"Although Vu made no physical contact with the referee, his provocative action is very inappropriate and deserves to be punished. A player must know his limits," the head of VFF’s Disciplinary Department Vu Xuan Thanh said.

VFF also suspended referee Duc for a few games since he failed to award Vu another yellow for his behavior, according to FIFA regulations.

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