FIFA finds 58 stakeholders guilty in Chinese betting scandal

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FIFA has punished a total of 130 officials and players for their involvement in various betting scandals. The World Football Federation has handed sentences out to those involved in a Chinese betting scandal, and for illegal activities in Italy and South Korea.

33 Chinese players, referees and officials are banned from football for life for corruption and manipulation of football matches in the Chinese league. The other 25 Chinese people involved had a five-year suspension imposed on them.

The remaining 58 defendants were all found guilty of manipulation of matches in Italy and South Korea. Eleven of them received a lifetime suspension.

The disciplinary committee of the Chinese Football Association has handed out the same punishments. The most well known suspect is referee, Lu June, who refereed in two group matches in the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea. He was suspended for life. Similarly, four former Chinese internationals received the same punishment.

All the incidents took place over a number of years until the beginning of this century recently and came to light after FIFA began an investigation which began in 2010.

Europol recently released the size of match fixing on a map and concluded that worldwide 680 football matches were found to be suspicious. A criminal gambling syndicate from Singapore is believed to be behind this widespread form of bribery.

The World Football Federation only hands out punishments after the national football association completes their own investigation and their own penalties are imposed.

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