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Vietnamese players banned for two years after penalty protest

The Vietnamese Football Federation has imposed two-year bans on two players and suspended a coach for three years after their team was involved in a bizarre penalty protest during a league match at the weekend.

Long An players were furious at a late penalty awarded by referee Nguyen Trung Thu to Ho Chi Minh City when the score was locked 2-2 late on Sunday.

After initially walking off the pitch, the players returned to the field but goalkeeper Nguyen Minh Nhut turned his back as the penalty was...

 By Chris Wright

Long An stage bizarre protest after soft penalty in V.League 1

Sunday evening's top-flight game between Vietnamese sides Ho Chi Minh City and visitors Long An FC ground to a halt after the away team staged a bizarre on-field protest.

After conceding a soft penalty in the 90th minute with the score level at 2-2, the Long An players decided en masse to boycott the rest of the match.

Indeed, goalkeeper Minh Nhut Nguyen even turned his back as the penalty kick was successfully dispatched.

The demonstration continued after the restart as Long An simply refused...

 By Steve Darby

Vietnam must turn to youth to close gap on Thailand in 2017

Nguyen Manh Tan made a shameful mistake which allowed Indonesia to draw level in their 2-2 AFF Suzuki Cup draw.

There are many positive aspects to Vietnamese football, with the national team going close to making the final of the recent 2016 AFF Suzuki Cup.

Indeed, the last decade or so has seen some memorable highlights for a sport introduced by the French in 1896.

That includes the Vietnamese women's team winning the Southeast Asian Games football gold medal in 2001, the men lifting the 2008 Suzuki Cup, and the U20 side qualifying for their first-ever world championship in 2016.

So, with recent successes...

 By Dez Corkhill

Six Thailand players in AFF Suzuki Cup team of semifinals

With the finalists decided, Asian football commentator Dez Corkhill picks the best AFF Suzuki Cup XI from the semifinals. Do you agree? Have your say in the comments below.

ESPN FC's team of the AFF Suzuki Cup semifinals.

Goalkeeper: Kawin Thamsatchanan (Thailand)

This was a straight choice between Kawin and Indonesia's Kurnia Meiga. It goes to Kawin because of his wonderful, if unheralded, performance in Thailand's 4-0 second-leg victory over Myanmar on Thursday night.

The Muang Thong United man made a wonder save high to his left to deny Yan...

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Alfred Riedl hails Indonesia's fighting spirit ahead of AFF final vs. Thailand

TCL presents the story of Indonesian footballer Martunis, who after the 2004 Tsunami was offered the chance to meet Cristiano Ronaldo and train with Sporting Lisbon.

Indonesia head coach Alfred Riedl hailed the fighting spirit of his underdog side ahead of next week's AFF Suzuki Cup final against Thailand.

The two nations will face off on Dec.14 in Bogor, near Jakarta, before heading to Bangkok for the second leg on Dec. 17.

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The Indonesians have defied all odds to make their first final in six years after upstaging Vietnam 4-3 on aggregate over two legs in their semifinal.

Twenty four hours later, the Thais thrashed Myanmar 4-0 in their second-leg semifinal...