V.League 2020 still to go ahead if conditions allow: VFF

Wednesday, 2020-07-29 11:36:34
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Permanent member of the VFF Executive Committee Tran Anh Tu speaks at the meeting.
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NDO – The Vietnam Football Federation (VFF) will exert its utmost effort to ensure the country’s professional football tournaments continue to take place until the 2020 season ends if conditions allow, according to Tran Anh Tu, permanent member of the VFF Executive Committee and CEO of Vietnam Professional Football Company (VPF).

>>> V.League clubs propose premature end to 2020 season

Tu made the remark during a VFF meeting held on July 28 to discuss the organisation of plans for domestic football events in the time ahead.

Earlier, given the complicated developments of the COVID-19 pandemic in Da Nang and some localities, the VFF and VPF decided to suspend the V.League and National First Division Tournament.

To date, four V.League clubs, including Song Lam Nghe An, Thanh Hoa FC, Quang Nam FC and Nam Dinh FC, have sent official documents to the VFF and VPF proposing a premature end to the 2020 season with the trophy to be awarded to leaders Saigon FC and no teams to be relegated.

Regarding the issue, Tu said the Standing Board of the VFF Executive Committee has determined that professional football activities will only stop in force majeure cases or without approval from the Government and competent agencies.

It will be best if the V.League concludes by October 31, he said, noting that adjustments will be made by the VFF and VPF in the case of a prolonged epidemic.

The official added that the 2020 AFF Suzuki Cup is likely to be postponed to next year, which will make domestic tournaments more favourable in terms of the time spent.

“The main source of revenue for Vietnamese football comes from sponsorships. In principle, we must comply with contract and ensure the rights of sponsors. Therefore, if the tournament is halted without force majeure causes, the breaking of contract will have many consequences,” Tu said.