Viet Nam Plans Prizes to Honor Best Football Referees

The Viet Nam Football Federation (VFF) and the National Referees Council plan to set up an annual award for the three best football referees in the country.

Vietnamese referees at a V-League match this year (Photo: SGGP)

The prizes – a gold, silver, and bronze whistle – will be presented for the first time at the end of this football season to referees selected by a panel made up of members of the VFF, the National Referees Council, and sports journalists.

Mr. Nguyen Van Mui, the council’s chairman, said the nominees would be chosen by his council based on moral and professional standards. The council is working out the standards and will submit them to the VFF.

One of the criteria would be that a nominated referee should not have made a serious mistake which badly affected the final result of a match.

Mr. Mui said the prizes would be sponsored by Hoa Sen Company, a metal roof sheet producer. He added the company would give the VFF VND400 million (about US$25,200) per year, of which VND300 million would be earmarked to organize referee training courses. The rest would go to the prizes.

Hoa Sen Company director Le Phuoc Vu said he expected the prizes would help improve professionalism of Vietnamese football referees.

Source: Thanh Nien – Compiled by Tuong Thuy

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