WATCH: Horror Tackle Draws 28-Match Ban in Vietnam

BR-UK StaffFeatured Columnist IVMarch 6, 2014

Malaysia's Norshahrul Idlan Talaha, right, battles for the ball against Vietnam's Tran Dinh Dong during the semi-final soccer match of the AFF Suzuki Cup 2010 at Bukit Jalil National Stadium in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2010. (AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin)
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There are bad tackles, there are horrific tackles, and then there's this. Vietnam defender Tran Dinh Dong was banned 28 matches after breaking Nguyen Anh Hung's leg with the following challenge.

Here's the GIF of the exact incident:

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As reported by the BBC, the Vietnamese Football Federation issued a statement on the incident:

The punishment is meant to be a warning to players throughout the nation, where violent behaviour on the field has gradually become more popular.

As awful as the tackle was, is 28 matches really a fair punishment? Have your say in the comments.