FIFA Recognizes Defunct Than Quang Ninh Team After 2+ Years

“FIFA’s Updated Transfer Ban List: Vietnamese Club Than Quang Ninh Included”

FIFA’s updated transfer ban list revealed the inclusion of familiar Vietnamese team, Than Quang Ninh, which has been dissolved since 2021 due to financial issues. This news saddened Vietnamese football fans, as the team had a rich history spanning 65 years, highlighted by a National Cup victory in 2016. Despite finishing fourth in the V-League in 2020, the team ran into difficulties the following season, leading to its dissolution.

Apart from Than Quang Ninh, ASEAN FOOTBALL’s list also featured several other Southeast Asian clubs facing transfer bans. Malaysia led the pack with six banned clubs, including Kedah Darul Aman, Kuala Lumpur City FC, Kelantan FC, Melaka United, Perlis FA, and Sarawak United FC. Indonesia, despite its rapidly developing football scene, contributed five clubs to the ban list due to unpaid player wages, such as Persija Jakarta and Sada Sumut FC.

Thailand was also not exempt from the ban, with five clubs, including Muangkan United and Ubon United, facing restrictions on registering new players. Myanmar had two clubs in the mix – Horizon FC and Rakhine United – while Cambodia (Tiffy Army FC) and the Philippines (Global FC) matched Vietnam with one club each on the ban list.

The surprising presence of these Southeast Asian clubs on the transfer ban list highlights ongoing issues with financial management and player wage payment in the region’s football leagues. Despite the vibrant football culture in these countries, clubs must address these issues to ensure sustainable operations and the well-being of their players.

Overall, the inclusion of teams like Than Quang Ninh in FIFA’s updated transfer ban list serves as a stark reminder of the challenges faced by clubs in maintaining financial stability and meeting player salary obligations. As the landscape of football evolves, addressing these issues becomes paramount to ensure the sport’s integrity and the welfare of all involved parties.

Denis Hardin

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