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Football chief spills beans on scandal: report

IT'S going to be a long hard winter for China's national soccer team, after its former top football official allegedly exposed money scandals to police while in detention.

Nan Yong, who was taken for questioning by police on January 15, was now officially detained, today's Oriental Morning Post quoted an unnamed insider as saying. Nan's confession allegedly implicated the national soccer teams and all clubs in the Chinese Super League of being involved in corruption and match-fixing.

Details of Nan's confession have not yet been revealed, but the newspaper said rumors over the past 10 years indicated that places in Chinese national teams are earned by bribes rather than performances.

A spot in China's national youth team costs 80,000 yuan (US$11,718) while a chance on the national team is more than 200,000 yuan, the newspaper said.

Former deputy director of the Chinese Football Association Yang Yimin and head of referees Zhang Jianqiang were also taken by police. Retired soccer player and coach Chen Yiming said they were investigated for money scandals.

China launched a crackdown on match-fixing and corruption in football since last March with arrests of more than 20 sports officials, club managers, and former players.


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