FIFA extends bans to 58 in Chinese fixing cases

FIFA has given worldwide bans to 58 soccer players and officials

found guilty in Chinese match-fixing cases.

FIFA says it expelled 33 people from the game for life and 25

others will serve five-year bans for involvement in ”domestic

match-fixing and bribery.”

All those banned were previously sanctioned by the Chinese

soccer association.

Life bans were imposed on referee Lu Jun, who officiated two

2002 World Cup matches, and four former Chinese national team

players: Shen Si, Qi Hong, Jiang Jin and Li Ming.

FIFA says the sanctions follow investigations and trials

conducted by law enforcement and soccer authorities from

2010-12.

FIFA says the fixed matches were played ”in the 1990s and early

2000s.”