China arrests up to 16 in match-fixing probe

Published Nov. 26, 2009 8:14 a.m. ET

Chinese police have announced the arrest of up to 16 former players, along with club and league officials, as part of a widening probe into rampant match fixing in the country's professional football league.

News of the arrests, announced by the Ministry of Public Security, was a top story in newspapers and Web sites Thursday, with reports focussing on the lurid details of how money was exchanged to fix the outcome of games.