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Top officials queried in football probe

A CRACKDOWN to stop match-fixing and gambling in Chinese football has brought three top officials under investigation.

The Ministry of Public Security confirmed today that they have seized two vice presidents of the Chinese Football Association, Nan Yong and Yang Yimin, as well as Zhang Jianqiang, the head of Chinese women's football.

The three were cooperating with police in the massive inquiry into the most popular sport in the country, reported Xinhua news agency today.

Former Shanghai Shenhua Football club manager Jia Xiuquan was also reported to be "assisting police."

So far more than 20 former club leaders and players have been questioned over manipulating match results.

Haunted by scandals, Chinese football has disappointed fans in China, with the national team ranking 93rd in the world, behind Iraq and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.


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