3 more refs added to soccer corruption list

Updated: 2011-12-22 06:47


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DANDONG, Liaoning province - Three more referees were added to the Chinese soccer corruption list as their under-trial colleague Zhou Weixin confessed on Wednesday that they had taken bribes and fixed six matches.

Zhou, who stood trial at the Intermediate People's Court of Dandong, confessed that as a middleman, he bribed referees He Zhibiao, Chen Honghui and Zhao Liao for fixing six matches.

Zhou, who was arrested in March 2010, was charged with taking bribes as non-state staff and bribing civil servants.

He confessed that in 1999, he represented Changsha Jinde club to contact referee He Zhibiao before a match against Jiangsu Shuntian. He accepted 80,000 yuan ($13,000) as a reward from Zhou after helping Jinde win the game 2-1.

Zhou also gave money to Chen and Zhao after the two referees helped Jinde grab two draws from Chinese Super League's two top teams Shandong Luneng and Dalian Shide.

Before Jinde's another two games against Shaanxi and Changchun, both officiated by Zhao, Zhou promised to give Zhao money. The two games both drew 1-1 and the reward was 30,000 yuan ($4,800) for each one.

Huang Junjie and Zhou are the first refs to face court following the police' two-year-long crackdown on soccer corruption in China. Huang admitted taking bribes of more than 256,000 US dollars on Tuesday. Huang also took money from his colleague Zhou and helped him with gambling.

Lu Jun, the third referee to stand trial, confessed in court on Wednesday that he pocketed 810,000 yuan ($127,786) for fixing seven domestic league games.

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