Vietnam reject French-born player

HANOI: A French-born footballer of Vietnamese origin, who arrived in Vietnam hoping to join the national squad, was turned down by the coach as he was no better than current players, the Vietnam Football Federation (VFF) said yesterday. 

Ludovic Casset, 26, born to a French father and a Vietnamese mother, arrived in Hanoi on Oct 30 for national team trials after being told he could obtain Vietnamese nationality. 

Following a week of tests and two games during which he failed to impress, Casset was told by the coach, Brasilian Edson Tavares, that he was not good enough, the VFF spokesman Nguyen Lan Trung said. 

“Tavares met him on Sunday to let him know his negative decision, although he highly appreciated his wish to play for the national squad,” Trung said. 

“Casset was not visibly better than any player of the national squad.” 

Casset, an amateur of French club Auxerre, who has yet to play for its first league professional team, was expected to produce documents to prove his Vietnamese parentage and join the team. 

According to Tien Phong newspaper, the player also realised during his stay that the salaries paid to the country's V-League players were too low for him to live on. Foreigners in the league are paid around US$2,000 a month. – AFP 

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