In footage which has gone viral, Nguyen Minh Nhut turned his back to let in the penalty, which was given in the dying moments with the scores at 2-2, and then somersaulted over the ball to concede again from the restart.
With Long An’s players standing still and refusing to tackle their opponents, in a football version of the online “Mannequin Challenge” craze, Ho Chi Minh walked in another late goal to win the match 5-2.Fines totalling 160 million dong ($7,000) were handed out over the protest, which the federation slammed as “disrespectful” to the referee and damaging to the “prestige and honour of the Vietnam Football Federation”.
The V-league is Vietnam’s leading professional competition but has endured a series of alleged corruption and match-fixing scandals over the years.
Footballers and fans are also notorious for their extreme reactions to disputed refereeing decisions.
Sunday’s protest came after a penalty was awarded against Long An for a soft-looking foul on an opposition striker with the game poised at 2-2 and minutes to play.
It was the third disputed refereeing decision of the game which led to goals for Ho Chi Minh City.