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Accused detail role in football scandal

12-21-2011 16:15 BJT

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The biggest corruption scandal to ever hit Chinese football is now before the courts as former Chinese Football Association officials and referees - accused of taking bribes and fixing matches - await their trial dates.

The scandal reaches the highest levels of governance within the CFA with former Vice-Presidents Nan Yong, Yang Yimin and Xie Yalong among those facing charges. While in custody awaiting their trial, the three men spoke to CCTV, detailing their involvement.

Now, while it is important to note the claims of the trio have yet to be proven in court they have painted a disturbing picture of a football association riddled with dishonesty and cheating where bribes and match-fixing appeared to be, just another day at the office.

Nan Yong, former CFA Vice President, said, "I knew what the
consequences were. No matter who you are, you have to pay the
price."

Nan Yong, former CFA Vice President, said, "I knew what the consequences were. No matter who you are, you have to pay the price."

These are the words of former CFA Vice-President Nan Yong, who spoke to CCTV following his arrest.

Nan Yong, not holding back in detailing his involvement in the corruption scandal which - he says - he was brought into in 1999.

The disgraced former V.P. claims that was when the struggling First Division Shenyang Sealions contacted him...offering him a 200-thousand RMB bribe if he fixed a critical game for Shenyang against Jilin Aodong.

A win would allow Shenyang to remain in China’s top-flight league and according to Nan, he used his position of influence to pressure the Jilin manager to throw the match, which Shenyang won 3-nil.

Nan Yong, former CFA Vice President, said, "I was actually feeling uneasy. I initially intended to return it. But the intention grew weaker after a while. The string to resist corruption in my brain became less tight."

According to Nan Yong, during his 13-year stint as CFA Vice President, he took numerous bribes to fix-matches from numerous Chinese pro clubs.

Nan’s predecessor Xie Yalong is also facing charges for his role in the scandal. Xie, stated that he even once helped a club win the league title thanks to the officiating crew being in his pocket.

Xie Yalong said, "It was easy for me to make phone calls to referees. I didn’t tell them directly, but they understood that I needed their assistance."

Xie has also admitted receiving cash from the agent of Ratomir Dujkovic - the former head coach of the national team - to help settle a dispute between the Dujkovic and the team. Xie claims that receiving gifts and money from national coaches was common during his reign as CFA Vice President.

Yang Yimin, another ousted former CFA president has been accused of taking money from Chinese players who were looking for a chance to play either professionally or for the national team.

Also awaiting trial is Wei Shaohui the former leader of the national team and a man who spent 28 years with the CFA. Wei, has been reported to be among the most deeply involved in taking bribes from players.

From officials to referees, bribery was seemingly common-place at the height of the scandal. Li Dongsheng, the former head of referees, has been accused of receiving bribes from lower level officials who were seeking promotion. He is also believed to be responsible for selecting the referees who would fix-matches including previously well-respected Lu Jun and Huang Junjie, who are also facing charges.

 


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