20 Dec '11, 1pm

Well-known Chinese football referee admits bribes

BEIJING (AFP) - A well-known Chinese referee confessed in court on Tuesday to accepting bribes for fixing local and international matches, amid a series of corruption hearings involving top football officials. Huang Junjie admitted to accepting more than US$246,000 (S$325,000) in bribes to fix two international friendlies as well as six Chinese club matches between 2005 and 2009, the official Xinhua news agency reported. The veteran of more than 20 years - who in 2009 was among three shortlisted for best Chinese referee of the year - also confessed to accepting bribes from his colleague Zhou Weixin to sway results, the report added. Zhou is facing charges of corruption as well as bribing civil servants, Xinhua said. The tainted matches that Huang officiated include a 2007 exhibition match between English Premier League champions Manchester United and China's Shenzhen FC, a...

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