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Top soccer officials in China detained for corruption investigation

2010-01-27 15:45:39 GMT2010-01-27 23:45:39 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Nan Yong and Yang Yimin, vice chairmen of the Chinese Football Association, and Zhang Jianqiang, former director of the association's referee committee, were detained according to the law.

Several high-ranking officials of China's soccer association have been detained amid probe into matchfixing in soccer games, the Ministry of Public Security (MPS) said Wednesday.

Nan Yong and Yang Yimin, vice chairmen of the Chinese Football Association, and Zhang Jianqiang, former director of the association's referee committee, were detained according to the law, the MPS said.

The MPS announced on Jan. 21 that Nan and Yang had been summoned by the police in the northeastern province of Liaoning to "clarify some facts in several important cases of soccer gambling and match-fixing in domestic league games."

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