Former China soccer boss arrested on bribe charges

The former head of the Chinese Football Association has been

arrested and accused of bribery amid a match-fixing scandal.

China’s Ministry of Public Security announced on its website

that Xie Yalong was arrested along with former national team leader

Wei Shaohui and former referee committee director Li Dongsheng.

The statement also said three referees were indicted for taking

bribes and manipulating matches.

A sweeping investigation into Chinese soccer match fixing and

bribing of referees had taken down more than a dozen players and

officials. Director Nan Yong was replaced earlier this year.

Xie stepped down as head of the Chinese Football Association

last year as national teams continued to perform badly.