V. League club on verge of dissolution

By Lam Thoa   August 24, 2021 | 02:00 am PT
V. League club on verge of dissolution
Than Quang Ninh players (in blue) haven't got paid for the past four months. Photo by VnExpress/Lam Thoa
With its financial situation hitting rock bottom, this might be the end of Than Quang Ninh.

The players said Quang Ninh haven't paid them bonuses in 2019, 2020 and the first half of 2021, along with their salaries for the past four months. They promised to bring this case to Vietnam Football Federation, Asian Football Confederation and FIFA if they don't get paid in August.

The club’s president Pham Thanh Hung admitted owing players around $3 million. Hung explained that in the past two years, the main sponsor of the club - Vietnam National Coal and Mineral Industries Group - stopped their annual funding of $1.3 million, which is the main cause of the financial difficulty.

Hung has sent a request to the Quang Ninh People's Committee to return the football team to the province. If the province does not have a policy to support or take the club back, Hung would suspend and dissolve it.

While an enterprise in Quang Ninh is ready to take over the club, it is unwilling to shoulder the debt with its players.

In April, Quang Ninh players went on strike and didn’t play in the 10th round of V-League 2021. After getting paid seven months of salary, they returned to the field. Half of the money came from Hung and the other from businesses.

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