Vietnamese club Vissai Ninh Binh have declared a plan to re-establish their club a year after an embarrassing match-fixing scandal.
The incident saw the Ninh Binh Stadium residents withdraw from the V-League in April 2014, with nine players handed lifetime bans for their involvement.
However, in a statement on Sunday, the club’s official revealed their arrangement to resume their participation into the next season by submitting a proposal to the Vietnamese Football Federation (VFF) to register a new team which consist of youth players.
“Our boss Hoang Manh Truong still loves football very much,” said club director Pham Van Le according to VietNamNet Bridge. “He really regrets what happened after what he’d done to build up the team for many years.
“We have discussed the matter and decided to come back.”
In August, the Ninh Binh People’s Court sentenced Vissai Ninh Binh defender Tran Manh Dung to 30 months in prison for his role in attempting to fix a 2014 AFC Cup match against Malaysia’s Kelantan. Eight other players received suspended sentences.
Ninh Binh were allowed to remain in the second tier continental tournament, eventually losing in the quarter finals to Hong Kong side Kitchee.