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Former Shenhua boss quizzed in fixing probe

FORMER Shanghai Shenhua Football Club manager Jia Xiuquan is assisting police with their inquiries into a nationwide match-fixing scandal.

A senior executive at Shenhua FC said that they had no knowledge of his being taken away for questioning as he was no longer serving Shenhua. Jia's contract with Shenhua ended in December.

The police move is believed to be connected with the absence of two senior Chinese Football Association officials - Deputy Chairman Nan Yong and Vice Chairman Yang Yimin - whose whereabouts are unknown, Shanghai news portal reported yesterday.

Prior to Jia's involvement in the investigation, more than a dozen managers, players, club executives and local football association officials had been asked to aid the police investigation or had been put into custody for their part in match fixing and soccer betting.

The nationwide scrutiny of domestic football was triggered by a police raid that seized a soccer-betting syndicate based in Shenyang, capital of Liaoning Province.

The probe headed by the Ministry of Public Security widened after Wang Xin, former manager of Liaoning Guangyuan FC, which played in the Singapore league, was detained by police in November.

About 10 former soccer club managers were arrested for manipulating matches and many more were questioned.


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