Ex-China deputy soccer chief jailed for graft



BEIJING (AP) — The former deputy head of China’s soccer association has been sentenced to 1012 years in prison as part of a crackdown on corruption and match-fixing.

The official Xinhua News Agency reported that Yang Yimin, convicted of taking $200,000 in bribes, was one of 39 people sentenced Saturday in a single session by the court in the northeastern city of Tieliang.

They included former head of the referees’ committee Zhang Jianqiang, who received a 12-year sentence for taking bribes totaling $433,000, and the former presidents or head coaches of five clubs in the Chinese league. The club officials received sentences up to eight years for bribery, gambling, and other offenses related to fixing matches.