Chinese referee admits accepting bribes

Updated: December 21, 2011, 3:46 AM ET
Associated Press

BEIJING -- A Chinese soccer referee has admitted in court to taking bribes to fix local and international matches, including a 2007 friendly involving Manchester United, state media reported.

The case of Huang Junjie, a referee for more than 20 years who has been nominated as one of the country's best, is one of a number of hearings under way following a probe into Chinese football corruption.

He accepted $245,000 of bribes to fix two international friendlies and taking 20 bribes from six Chinese clubs between 2005 and 2009, Xinhua News Agency reported Tuesday.

The international matches included a 2007 exhibition match between the English Premier League's Manchester United and China's Shenzhen. Huang took 100,000 Hong Kong dollars ($13,000) in bribes to let Shenzhen win the coin toss, Xinhua said. Manchester United went on to win the game 6-0.

The other international match was a 2009 fixture between Shanghai Shenhua and Australian club Sydney, which the Chinese club won 2-1.


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