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Chinese Officials in Sports Sentenced to Prison in Corruption Crackdown; Soccer League Faces Financial Instability Amid Corruption Scandals

BySamantha Johnson

Mar 26, 2024
Chinese sports officials sentenced to 8 years in prison for bribery charges

Chen Xuyuan, the former president of the Chinese Football Association, has been sentenced to life in prison as part of a crackdown on sports corruption. This is just one of many officials in sports programs controlled by the Communist Party who have received sentences ranging from eight years to life in prison for accepting bribes and committing financial crimes.

Chen was accused of involvement in match-fixing and financial crimes, and the court ordered the confiscation of all his personal property and the recovery of his illegal gains to be turned over to the state treasury. Other high-ranking officials who were sentenced to prison include Hong Chen, the former head of the National Athletics Association, and Chen Yongliang, a former high-ranking soccer official.

The Chinese Football Association Super League, largely backed by real estate firms, has faced financial instability due to concerns about the financial health of these companies. The payments made to players aiming to enhance the league’s brand and potential in China and internationally have faced challenges due to these concerns.

Corruption in Chinese soccer has long been an issue, with reports of payoffs to players and referees influencing match outcomes. There are also allegations that payments were made to secure spots for players in training camps, including national men’s squad members currently ranked 88th by FIFA. The women’s national team holds 19th place.

The sport’s struggles in China are further compounded by economic slowdowns and government intervention in sports culture private enterprises. These factors have hindered China’s efforts to improve its competitiveness and success in international soccer programs

By Samantha Johnson

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