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Ex-China FA President Sentenced To Life Imprisonment For Receiving Bribe

Ex-China FA President Sentenced To Life Imprisonment For Receiving Bribe

A former president of China’s football association, Chen Xuyuan, has been sentenced to life in prison for accepting more than $10 million in bribes.

China’s state media reported, via ESPN>, on Tuesday, following one of the biggest anti-corruption probes in the sport in years.

The sentence handed down to Chen came in the wake of probes into more than a dozen high-level football officials since late 2022.

Chen had brought “tremendous damage” to Chinese football, the official Xinhua news agency reported, citing a court ruling.

The sport has long grappled with corruption, which fans have blamed for the enduring underperformance of the national team.

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In 2012, two former chiefs of the same football association were each sentenced to 10-and-a-half years in jail for taking bribes.

Chen, 67, had worked on the docks in Shanghai when he was a youth. He eventually became the head of Shanghai International Port Co in the 2010s, before chairing the Chinese Football Association (CFA) in 2019.

A court in central Hubei province found Chen had taken advantage of his various posts from 2010 to 2023, including those linked to the CFA, to aid others in matters regarding project contracting, investment operations and sports events arrangements, Xinhua reported.

In return, Chen accepted money and valuables worth over 81 million yuan ($11.22m).

In a state TV documentary series on corruption aired in January, Chen confessed to accepting bribes.

He described one incident the night before he became CFA chairman when he received backpacks containing cash from two local football officials.

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  • Omo9ja 2 weeks ago

    I hope Nigerians can start this with Nigerian government and NFF amaju Pinnick and co. Ire o. God bless Nigeria!!

  • pompei 2 weeks ago

    $10 million in bribes!
    Twale for you, sir. Na you biko.
    Even NFF ONIGBESE no collect bribe reach dis man. NFF ONIGBESE dey learn work where dis man dey.
    EFCC, the Chinese have shown you the way. Oya, let our own probing begin asap!

  • Chima E Samuels 2 weeks ago

    Omo9ja fire down.

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