FIFA extend match-fixing bans
FIFA have extended match-fixing bans for 58 Chinese officials, the global governing for football said on Monday. The Chinese Football Association took action last week, but the sanctions have now been applied worldwide.
The CFA banned 33 officials for life, with 25 more receiving five-year bans. It follows a three-year push to clean up corruption, with some of the offences stretching back 20 years. Two former football chiefs were jailed for taking bribes while World Cup referee Lu Jun was among the 33 banned for life. Players have also been involved in recent investigations, with four former Chinese internationals were jailed for up to six years.
Chinese Super League side Shanghai Shenhua were recently punished, too. The club that was briefly home to former Chelsea stars Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka have been stripped of their 2003 title and docked six points in the current season.