18 Feb '12, 8am

China jails ex-football officials in 'light sentence' over a match-fixing and gambling scandal

BEIJING - A Chinese court sentenced two top former Football Association officials to more than a decade in jail, state media said, in a graft scandal that brought the football league to its knees. Ex-deputy chief Yang Yimin and former top head referee Zhang Jianqiang were the first to learn their fate today among 39 officials awaiting sentencing in the match-fixing and gambling scandal exposed over two years ago, said a report by the Bangkok Post. Yang was found guilty of taking bribes worth 1.25 million yuan (S$250,000) from about 20 clubs to fix fitness test results. He was sentenced to 10 and a half years, said Xinhua news agency. The punishment is not considered harsh, said Xinhua, citing Yang's attorney Wang Shujing. "Yang took bribes as a government official and the harshest punishment for taking bribes as a public servant could be the death penalty," he added. Zhang...

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