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Chinese soccer bosses could get death penalty
China Daily, January 24th, 2010 1:27AM

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Wei Di, the former director of the China Water Sports Administrative Center (GASC), is the new head of the Chinese Football Association (CFA) following the ouster of Nan Yong, the former head, and Yang Yimin, one of the vice presidents, after they were taken in for questioning in connection with an investigation into gambling and match-fixing at the professional level.

"These people and their acts have tainted the image of the CFA, put Chinese soccer into jeopardy and hurt the fans' feelings," said Cui Dalin, deputy director of the GASC, "We firmly support the police efforts and are determined to punish any corruption or wrongdoing."

At least 21 officials, players and club managers have been arrested or detained in the past two months on suspicion of match-fixing or gambling. Nan Yong and Yang Yimin could face the death penalty, according to a legal expert.

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