CCTV9英语新闻:Former heads sentenced to jail for soccer corruption

Shanghai Shenhua has been stripped of their 2003 championship and deducted six points by the CFA after their role in the match fixing scandal. They have been fined over 6 million US dollars.

Tianjin Teda and Jilin Yanbian have also been deducted points; Tianjin six and Jilin three, all receive hefty fines. Plus over thirty people have been banned from the game for life.

There are the punishments which followed a three year investigation into match-fixing which its thought may have gone on for more than a decade. In all Twelve clubs have been fined but it is shanghai who the authorities came down on hardest the club already reeling from losing lost big name strikers Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka to Galatasaray and Juventus they are fined one million yuan and deducted half a dozen points. The points deductions will come into effect from next season.

Thirty-three officials, referees and players have been banned for life from football-related activities, including former CFA deputy head Yang Yimin and World Cup referee Lu Jun, once dubbed china's "Golden Whistle" he refereed at the 2002 world cup. a further 25 other people were given five year bans.

Top football officials Nan Yong and Xie Yalong were sentences to 10 years and six months for taking bribes as part of the criminal investigation. In June, four former internationals Shen Si, Qi Hong, Jiang Jin and Li Min were all jailed for up to six years. The CFA say they hope this will start a new chapter for Chinese football.

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