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By ESPN Staff
Dec 13, 2005

Police question four over match-fixing

HANOI, Dec 13 (Reuters) - Vietnamese police have summoned four members of the national soccer team for questioning over allegations of match-fixing at the Southeast Asian Games held in the Philippines last month, state media reported on Tuesday.

The four, including leading striker Pham Van Quyen, were accused of receiving payments from Vietnamese gamblers to fix matches against Myanmar and Malaysia, the Thanh Nien daily reported.

The other three team members are defenders Tran Hai Lam, Le Bat Hieu and Le Van Truong.

'I am really shocked,' Vietnam Football Federation chairman Nguyen Trong Hy was quoted by Tuoi Tre newspaper as saying.

State media reports said the four players made many 'incomprehensible mistakes' during the two matches.

Vietnam beat Myanmar 1-0 and Malaysia 2-1 but were defeated by Thailand at the final.

Vietnamese police launched a 'clean hands' campaign in September this year to eliminate pervasive corruption in soccer.

Some 20 referees, coaches and sports officials are facing criminal charges for match fixing.