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Evolvement of China's football scandal

12-20-2011 10:20 BJT

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The past two years have been anything but pretty for the Chinese Football Association. The terms "match-fixing," "illegal betting," and "corruption" became common terms of reference, but the club-level sport might finally be moving ahead. Here’s a look at how China’s football scandal evolved.

The investigation into alleged corruption within Chinese football came to light in 2009. Officials looked into match-fixing in Singapore, which was said to be organized by Chinese.

The severity of the situation started to come into focus later that year. Top officials with the former Chinese professional club Guangzhou Pharmacy were detained for questioning.

Police authorities provided an update in November of ’09. They revealed that their corruption investigation would reach the highest levels, implicating former Chinese Super League general manager Wang Bo.

Then the worst allegations came in early 2010, after the questioning of numerous players and officials from various pro clubs. CFA Vice-President Nan Yong and deputy director Yang Yimin were taken into custody and questioned.

In March, Nan and Yang along with several other top officials from the CFA were arrested for alleged match-fixing and corruption.

The investigation reached its climax with those arrests but it was far from finished.

As police continued to dig into the case, well-known national-level referee Lu Jun found himself accused of taking bribes and helping to fix-matches.

And more arrests would follow. Former CFA Vice-President Xie Yalong and a number of national team officials were taken into custody in October of 2010.

Now, those alleged to have been involved with giving the sport what just may be its blackest-eye ever is standing trial. The Chinese Football Association looks to move past the scandal, and start a new era, with what it hopes will be a clean slate.


Editor:Zhang Dan |Source: CNTV.CN

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