STADIUM FEES SEE ARSENAL’S VIETNAM VISIT IN DOUBT

A proposed pre-season friendly between Arsenal and the Vietnam national team is in doubt after the venue for the game, the My Dinh stadium, increased their fees to host the match.

The 40,000-capacity arena located in the Vietnamese capital Hanoi are asking for over $71,000 US dollars to host the match. The fee is seven times that normally requested by the stadium.

“The price the stadium asked for is unreasonable,” said Lee Hung Dung, Vice Chairman of the Vietnam Football Federation.

Should the game take place, Arsenal would be the first English Premier League team to visit Vietnam, with the Gunners also facing sides from Indonesia and Japan on their pre-season tour. 

A spokesman for the Vietnamese Football Federation remains optimistic the game will take place having appealed to the country’s Government to pressure the stadium into lowering their demands. 

Posted on 14/06/2013