China’s Football Chief Held In Matchfixing Probe

Reuters reports on the latest troubles of China’s beleaguered football association:

Nan Yong, who took over as head of the CFA one year ago, was taken away by a police investigative group who were probing a series of matchfixing scandals, Xinhua news agency reported on its website (, citing Ministry of Public Security officials.

CFA vice president Yang Yimin and Zhang Jianqiang, who was formerly in charge of referee arrangements, were also taken in by police, the newspaper added. Zhang now oversees women’s soccer at the CFA.

The three were questioned by police to “clarify some facts in several important cases of football gambling and illegal manipulating domestic football league games by using business bribery,” the Xinhua report said.

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