The previous head of China’s scandal-plagued football league and other top soccer officers went on trial Tuesday as an work to stamp out rampant corruption in the Chinese recreation achieved a climax.
Xie Yalong, previous chief of the Chinese Football Affiliation (CFA), stood trial in the northeastern metropolis of Dandong on Tuesday, Xinhua information agency stated, turning into the greatest-position previous soccer official to experience justice.
His successor as China’s soccer boss, Nan Yong, was to face trial a day afterwards in a court in the town of Tieling, also for accepting bribes. Both cities are in Liaoning province.
Dozens of league and club officials and referees have been ensnared for their parts in a match-repairing and gambling scandal exposed two years in the past which has rocked Chinese soccer by lifting the lid on deep-rooted corruption.
The publicity of widespread betting on video games, match-correcting, and crooked referees blended with inadequate performances by China’s national squad to make soccer a laughing stock amid more and more indifferent Chinese fans.
Xinhua mentioned the court in Dandong also started the trials of Wei Shaohui, previous manager of the Chinese country wide soccer team, and Li Dongsheng, previous head of the CFA’s referee committee.
Meanwhile, the court in Tieling will also consider 4 former Chinese internationals — Shen Si, Qi Hong, Jiang Jin and Li Ming — on Wednesday, the information agency added.
A staffer at the court in Dandong who declined to be recognized confirmed Xie’s trial started Tuesday but explained he did not know when a verdict would be sent.
AFP calls to the court in Tieling went unanswered.
A CFA spokesman declined comment.
A court in February sentenced two leading previous CFA officials to much more than a decade in jail each.
The CFA’s ex-deputy chief Yang Yimin was convicted of accepting bribes value 1.twenty five million yuan ($ 200,000) from about 20 clubs to repair physical fitness check final results and sentenced to 10 and a fifty percent a long time, state media said.
Zhang Jianqiang, the previous director of the association’s referee committee, received a twelve-year jail time period for using bribes really worth a complete of two.73 million yuan on 24 occasions, reports stated.