Xie Yalong during a 2005 training session in Chengdu. (Getty Images
(WFI) China’s former FA chief is the latest official caught up in the country’s ongoing football corruption scandal.
Xie Yalong, the former director of the Football Administrative Centre, appeared in court Tuesday morning to face charges of bribe-taking, Reuters reports.
He’s among more than 60 national players, referees, coaches and other officials ensnared in match-fixing and gambling allegations stemming from a 2009 country-wide crackdown.
China’s best-known referee Lu Jun – nicknamed “Golden Whistle” – admitted in December to fixing seven matches for four clubs and taking more than $100,000 between 1999 and 2003.
He and three other referees were handed jail terms of up to seven years last week for match-fixing and related offenses.
Poland Returns Favour to World Cup Hosts
FIFA World Cup organizers from Brazil and Qatar are in Poland this week to learn from the Euro 2012 co-host.
“The Polish institutions responsible for preparing Euro 2012 have used the experience of previous international sports event hosts, so we’re pleased to organize a visit for observers from Brazil and Qatar,” Mikolaj Piotrowski, a spokesman for the Polish organizational arm of the upcoming UEFA showpiece, was quoted by AFP.
“We believe we have valuable knowledge to pass on to the future World Cup hosts.”
The delegations from the 2014 and 2022 hosts are scheduled to discuss transportation logistics, volunteer coordination and tournament economics with representatives from PL.2012, the Polish sports ministry, Warsaw airport, the capital’s new National Stadium and the country’s other three Euro host cities.
Denmark Bans Euro 2012
Euro 2012 kicks off June 8 at Warsaw National Stadium. (Getty Images)
Don’t expect any of Denmark’s players to be tweeting from Poland or the Ukraine this summer.
“The coach of the Danish team (Morten Olsen) is opposed to players using their private Facebook or Twitter accounts during the Euro 2012,” a spokesman for the Danish football federation told AFP.
“There are only 24 hours in the day,” Lars Berendt added, and the DBU “has chosen a series of other means of communication” such as a Facebook page, mobile app and live Internet chat to interact with fans during the finals.
Euro 2012 Reveals Ticket Design
Unveiling their ticket design is the latest milestone marked by organisers of Euro 2012, now just 45 days away.
“I’m very happy to award a symbolic ticket to this young girl,” Football Federation of Ukraine president Grygoriy Surkis said Monday at a ceremony inside Olympic Stadium in Kiev, where he handed over a giant replica of the design to its young artist as her winner’s prize.
UEFA operations director Martin Kallen chimed in that tickets are all sold out in Poland, but one last chance remains for fans hopeful of attending matches in Ukraine.
“About 50,000 tickets will be on sale from the beginning of May, because not all the participating federations have taken their full allocation,” he said.
A parallel ceremony also took place at Warsaw’s new National Stadium.
By INSIDER’s Matthew Grayson
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