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Party steps into football match-fixing probe

THE Party disciplinary watchdog has stepped into China's football match-fixing probe after the country's former top soccer official was sacked and investigated by police.

This brings the focus on cleaning up Chinese football onto investigating corrupt officials, Chongqing Evening News reported today.

Former vice president of the Chinese Football Association Nan Yong was replaced by former water sports chief Wei Di last Friday. Nan was detained by police on January 15 along with deputy director Yang Yimin and head of referees Zhang Jianqiang.

Xinhua news agency said the three were summoned by police to northeastern Liaoning Province. As government officials, the three are probably under double designation status, which requires officials to explain alleged crimes or disciplinary violations at a set place and time, the report speculated.

The newspaper also said Nan's case was revealed because You Kewei and Fan Guangming, formal football officials who were detained for match-fixing, tipped police off about Nan's economic scandals.

A police officer in the investigation team said details of the case have been kept extremely confidential, and whoever leaked information faced severe punishment.


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