Football Betting A Knotty Problem By staff writers Like many other places on this earth, the FIFA World Cup brings to Vietnam joy and also the pressing problem of illegal betting. How to deal with this remains a hard nut to crack. Two years ago, on a Monday in the end of June, investigative police under the HCM City Police Department halted a Lexus en route from Lam Dong to Saigon. Informants had told law enforcement officers that on the car were members of an illegal football betting ring. Convincing evidence found inside the Lexus—including materials related to betting, cash worth US$59,000 and VND700 million, and several laptops containing relevant information—gave the police ample reasons to arrest these people. Subsequent investigations showed that the total betting money handled by this ring might have amounted to more than US$5 million. The ring’s network has spread to many provinces nationwide. Roughly a year ago, in the evening of May 24, police officers from the Danang Police Department stormed a house on Ngu Hanh Son Street in the coastal city. On the spot, the police caught Mai Trung Thanh red-handed when he was accepting betting money. Investigators said that Thanh was among the…
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