The referee board in charge of the match between Dong Thap and Hai Phong at the 17th round of the V-League, and three officials of the organizing board, were assaulted by a group of Hai Phong fans when they were on their way back from Dong Thap to Ho Chi Minh City yesterday evening.
Hai Phong player reacts against referee Vo Minh Tri when he books a red card to goalie Ngoc Tan during the match between Dong Thap and Hai Phong at the V-League on May 13, Photo: Tuoi Tre
Referee Vo Minh Tri, the main officiating official of the match where Dong Thap trounced their away rival 3-0, was the most injured one as he had earlier booked three red cards to a member of Hai Phong’s medical staff, and two players for their reaction against the referee’s ruling.
At the 72nd minute, midfielder Ansah Hai Phong fouled forward Hai Anh of Dong Thap inside the penalty area.
Referee Tri awarded the Dong Thap side a penalty kick, while booking a yellow card to Ansah. Immediately, goalie Ngoc Tan rushed to Tri and begun to point his finger to the official in objection.
Hai Phong defender Dinh Tien Thanh also joined in the protest with his pushing two hands against Tri’s chest.
The two players were at once sent off the pitch with two red cards.
Attacked en route
Referee supervisor Nguyen Van Mui told Tuoi Tre Online that the 16-seat car carrying the referee board was parked for the men to go to the toilet when a 45-seat bus with license plate 16A (registered in Hai Phong) carrying the Hai Phong fans passed by.
Other members aboard include his counterpart Dang Quang Duong, four referees Tri, Cong Khanh, Phong Vu, and Ngoc Ha, and head of the V-League organizing board Tran Duy Ly, added Mui.
Recognizing the referees, the Hai Phong bus stopped. Knowing what would happen, Tri immediately rushed back into the car and shut the door down to avoid the attack, while around 20 young men jumped out and besieged his car.
The car driver opened the door and ran out to call for police help, enabling the hooligans to enter the car and beat referee Tri ruthlessly in the face.
“Referee assistant Ngoc Ha and I did try to stop them, but they still managed to give Tri a black eye and hurt his arms,” said Mui.
Outside the car, the remaining referees, Duong, and Ly also tried to stop the other hooligans.
The crazy fans ended up leaving, after threatening to kill ref Tri should he appear in Hai Phong, said Mui.
Vo Minh Tri books the second yellow card to send defender Tien Thanh of Hai Phong off the pitch. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Meanwhile, Tri told Tuoi Tre that as of today morning, he still feels hurt in his teeth, arms, chest, and left eye for being ruthlessly assaulted by two young men.
“My colleague Phong Vu also has his right arm severely injured,” said Tri.
“I tried to stop the hooligans, telling them that it’s not advisable to attack the referees,” said Ly.
“Some recognized that I’m the head of the organizing board, but said they just wanted to settle the issue with ref Tri.
“I’m shocked and unhappy because the attack only exacerbating the already damaged image of local football,” he continued.
“Things will be completely reported to the disciplinary department, and those involved will receive adequate penalties,” he confirmed.
Source: Tuoi Tre
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