A crackdown on corruption in Chinese soccer has resulted in jail sentences for eight individuals. Two ex-chiefs of its soccer federation, four former national team players and two others will serve time in an effort to clean up the scandal-plagued domestic game.
Former Chinese soccer federation (CFA) head Nan Yong and his predecessor Xie Yalong were each given sentences of 10 years and six months for taking bribes, the official Xinhua news agency said. Nan took bribes worth 1.48 million yuan ($235,000) while Xie accepted 1.7 million yuan, it said.
The sentences mark the culmination of a campaign to root out entrenched graft that has ensnared dozens of CFA and club officials, referees and players. They are accused of game-fixing, gambling and other crimes.
The scandal -- coupled with poor performances by the national team -- have made soccer the laughingstock of Chinese fans and undermined the popularity of the domestic game in the world's most populous country.