Three more added to the list of corrupt referees

December 22nd, 2011 - 3:32 pm ICT by IANS  

Shaan Dandong (China), Dec 22 (IANS) Three more names were added to the list of corrupt soccer referees after their under-trial colleague Zhou Weixin confessed that they had taken bribes and fixed six matches.

Zhou, who stood trial at the Intermediate People’s Court of Dandong, confessed that as a middleman he bribed referees He Zhibiao, Chen Honghui and Zhao Liao for fixing six matches.

Zhou, who was arrested in March 2010, was charged with taking bribes as non-state staff and bribing civil servants, reports Xinhua.

He confessed that in 1999, he represented Changsha Jinde club to contact referee He Zhibiao before a match against Jiangsu Shuntian.

Referee Zhibiao accepted 80,000 yuan ($13,000) from Zhou after helping Jinde win the game 2-1.

Zhou also gave money to Chen and Zhao after the two referees helped Jinde grab two draws from Chinese Super League’s two top teams Shandong Luneng and Dalian Shide.

Before Jinde’s two other games, against Shaanxi and Changchun, both officiated by Zhao, he was promised 30,000 yuan ($4,800) for each match by Zhou. The two games were drawn 1-1.

Huang Junjie and Zhou are the first referees to face court following police crackdown on soccer corruption in China in the last two years. Huang admitted taking bribes of more than $256,000. Huang also took money from Zhou and helped him in gambling.

Lu Jun, the third referee to stand trial, confessed in court Wednesday that he pocketed 810,000 yuan ($127,786) for fixing seven domestic league games.

The games fixed by Lu, China’s “Gold Whistle” who had officiated in World Cup and Olympic matches, included four first division league games in 2003, which were Shandong vs Sichuan, Shandong vs Bayi, Shanghai Shenhua vs Shanghai International, and Shenyang vs Shenzhen.

The Intermediate People’s Court of Dandong showed the evidence that Shanghai Shenhua club spent 5.5 million yuan ($870,000) in bribing officials and referees, including 700,000 yuan which was split by Lu and Zhang Jianqiang.

Zhang, former head of the Chinese Football Association’s referee commission, was the first official to stand trial as corruption hearings against some of China’s top football officials opened Monday.

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