In the match against Malaysia in the second qualifying round of the World Cup 2020, Van Toan’s fall brought a precious penalty, helping to set the score 2-1 for Vietnam. However, the fall of the Hai Duong-born striker has been a controversial topic for the past few days.
Giving his opinion on the situation of Van Toan falling in the penalty area, Vice President of the Malaysian Football Federation, Mr. Mohd Yusoff said: “A lot of people say it wasn’t a penalty. To me, if you look at Brendan when the referee blew the free-kick, he went down. That to me means Brendan had an impact. But it was enough to make an impact. I can’t comment on a foul or not. But Brendan’s disappointing reaction to the penalty shows that he knows he made a mistake.”
Although Van Toan has been ‘vindicated’ and the foul of his team player has been identified by the referee team and experts, many Malaysian fans and the media of some Asian countries still insist that Toan has have a beating phase for life.
Recently, a Malaysian fan meticulously recreated the situation in the game simulating Van Toan’s fall and the Japanese referee’s penalty kick. However, this fan distorted the truth about the situation on the field a few days ago.
This clip quickly reached the top trending on Tik Tok, attracting more than 1.1 million views after a few hours of downloading. In the comments section, Malaysian and Vietnamese fans continued to fight fiercely. This is also understandable when in this clip, Van Toan went into the penalty area by himself and fell very rough even though he was not affected by the opponent.
Before that, the Malaya Goal account also deliberately cut the scene without Brendan Gan deliberately stepping on Van Toan’s heel to criticize the referee and the Vietnamese team. This clip later reached 4 million videos on Tik Tok.