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China Replaces Top Soccer Official as Police Probe Match-Fixing

Posted by Author on January 22, 2010

Bloomberg via Business Week, Jan 22, 2010-

Jan. 22 (Bloomberg) — China sacked its top soccer official today after he was questioned by police as part of an investigation into match-fixing and following a call by President Hu Jintao to rejuvenate the sport.

Nan Yong was removed as the director of the soccer administration under the General Administration of Sport and replaced by Wei Di, the official Xinhua News Agency reported today. Wei was formerly head of the water sports administration and has also overseen boxing and weightlifting, Xinhua said.

Dozens of coaches, referees and other soccer officials have been detained since 12 ministry-level government agencies formed a committee in March 2009 to crack down on graft in the sport. Soccer in China, which failed to qualify for the 2006 and 2010 Football World Cup, is in disarray as match-fixing, bribery and violence on the pitch have left millions of fans disenchanted with the “beautiful game.”…… (more details from Business Week)

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