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MISFORTUNES NEVER COME SINGLY: Vietnam's Tran Dinh Trong to miss clash vs Malaysia

MISFORTUNES NEVER COME SINGLY: Vietnam's Tran Dinh Trong to miss clash vs Malaysia

Receiving a red card in the match against DPR Korea U23, Vietnamese center-back Tran Dinh Trong will be suspended in the upcoming 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier match.

Receiving the red card received in the defeat against DPR Korea U23 in the 2020 AFC U23 Championship, center-back Tran Dinh Trong will certainly be absent in the match between Vietnam vs Malaysia in the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier in March according to the rules of AFC.

Specifically, in the discipline code of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), there is a provision that states: "At the AFC Youth League, in case a player is sent off in the last match his team in the tournament, he will be suspended at that same age tournament held next time. If the penalty no longer applies at that age tournament (in case the player cannot attend due to being over-age), the player will be suspended for the next older age tournament".

With the red card at the end of the defeat against DPR Korea U23, Tran Dinh Trong will be suspended for 1 match (only a match for a second yellow card, at least 2 games if it is a card). In this situation, Vietnam U23 has officially been eliminated from the tournament and this is also the last AFC U23 Championship in Tran Dinh Trong's career (because he was born in 1997, so the next U23 AFC, including qualifying, certainly Dinh Trong cannot attend).

MISFORTUNES NEVER COME SINGLY: Vietnams Tran Dinh Trong to miss clash vs Malaysia

Thus, according to the above-mentioned law, Tran Dinh Trong will be suspended in the official tournament of a higher age than U23, which is the national team organized by AFC. Coming up, the second qualifying round of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Asia will start again in March.

Therefore, Tran Dinh Trong will be absent in the match against the Malaysian in Bukit Jalil. This is a key match for the goal of qualifying for the third round of Vietnamese football.

Coach Park Hang Seo will have to find alternatives to Dinh Trong in the defense. At the moment, Vietnam is currently holding the top of Group G in with 11 points. Below Park's team are Malaysia (9 points), Thailand (8) and UAE (6) respectively, while Indonesia has not got any points. Each team has three matches remaining, except for the UAE with four matches.