An international defender for Vietnam has been given a record 28-game ban for a leg-breaking challenge in a domestic league match that has left his opponent expecting a year out of the game.
Song Lam Nghe An player Tran Dinh Dong has been punished after his challenge on Nguyen Anh Hung, who plays for Hung Vuong An Giang, broke the midfielder's leg.
Along with the lengthy ban, Dong has been fined 20 million dong (£567) and ordered to pay Nguyen's medical bills. But his manager Nguyen Huu Thang has leaped to his defence and believes he's been made a scapegoat.
"I will fine him if he does wrong. I think the VFF (Vietnam Football Federation) issued the fine under pressure from public opinion, not based on reality," he was quoted as saying by local media earlier this week.
"We will appeal because his absence would strongly affect our name and V-League results."
But in a statement issued by the VVF, they have defended the ban and insist that violent will not be tolerated.
"The punishment is meant to be a warning to players throughout the nation, where violent behaviour on the field has gradually become more popular," it read.
The record ban in the Premier League belongs to Manchester United legend Eric Cantona following his infamous kung-fu kick on a Crystal Palace supporter.
Cantona took offence to chants from the Selhurst Park crowd and decided to take the law into his own hands by throwing himself feet-first at the fan, and the Football Association banned him for nine months.
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