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China's soccer scandal continues. And in the latest twist to this murky tale, it's been reported that Chinese players paid huge bribes for places at the national football team's training camp - and even bigger ones to play in international matches. Earlier in the week police detained the China Football Association's former top official, Nan Yong, and deputy Yang Yimin. According to the Oriental Post, a single trip to the national youth squad's camp cost $12,000, while a place at the adult team's camp was priced at $15,000. A call-up to an actual official match required a bribe of $30,000.
Investigators launched a drive against match fixing and corruption last year following complaints from state leaders over poor performance by the national team, which now ranks No. 93 in the world. Last month, 16 team officials and others were arrested on suspicion of bribing or threatening players and referees to determine the outcome of games they had bet on.
Police had been questioning Chinese Football Association chief, Nan Yong, about alleged corruption in the Chinese game for some days. On Friday China's General Administration of Sport announced that he had been removed from office. Nan, only took over as head of the– the CFA - early last year. Deputy director Yang Yimin, who was in charge of refereeing in the country's professional leagues has also been dismissed.
Cui Dalin, deputy director of the General Administration of Sport told reporters that certain people and their acts has tainted the image of the CFA, put Chinese soccer into jeopardy and hurt the fans' feelings, said on chinadaily.com.
This is the third time that China's Ministry ofsoccer scandal has released details of the ongoing probe into soccer scandals.
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