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It's like a piece of rotten body and no wonder the Chinese football became a laughingstock both home and abroad. But how many years it still need to revive from this perishment? |
TIELING, Liaoning Province - Two former Chinese soccer chiefs were sentenced on Wednesday to more than a decade in jail for bribery.
At a different court in Dandong city, Nan's predecessor Xie Yalong was sentenced to 10 and 1/2 years in prison for accepting bribes totaling 1.36 million yuan (about $214,000).
Xie, who claimed during April's court session that he had been tortured into confession, which was later denied by Liaoning police, was also fined 200,000 yuan ($31,340).
Nan and Xie told the courts they need to consult with their respective attorneys to decide whether to appeal the verdicts.
They were among the 11 people who are receiving punishments Wednesday for their parts in the match-fixing and gambling scandal exposed two years ago.
Four former Chinese international players - Shen Si, Qi Hong, Jiang Jin and Li Ming, charged with taking a total of 8 million yuan (about $1.27 million) to fix a domestic league game, also received jail sentence.