CHRONOLOGY-Chinese match-fixing cases since 1994

Updated: February 1, 2010, 4:00 AM ET
Reuters

Feb 1 - Chronology of match-fixing cases and related incidents since the launch of China's first professional soccer league in 1994:

1999

December - Shenyang won a match in Chongqing to avoid relegation from the top flight (Jia A) but the match was later discovered to have been rigged. Both clubs were fined 400,000 yuan ($58,590) but the result stood because there was no evidence of bribery.

2001

October - "Five Rats" - Jiangsu, Changchun, Chengdu, Zhejiang, and Mianyang - were found to be involved in a series of fixed matches in the last three rounds of Jia B (second division). All the players and coaches involved in the matches were banned for one year.

December - Zhejiang boss Song Weiping, unhappy at the punishment, reported several previous match-fixing cases to the Chinese Football Association (CFA) in what became known as the "Black Whistles" scandal.

When referees were offered an amnesty if they came clean, just one, FIFA-listed Gong Jianping, confessed to taking a 40,000 yuan bribe to fix a match.

2002

March - Thousands of fans of Shaanxi Guoli attacked the referee over a last-minute penalty decision, the worst riot in Chinese football history.

2003

January - Gong Jianping, the only referee punished in the first official investigation into match-fixing, received a 10-year sentence. He died 18 months later in prison.

2004

May - China's top flight league "Jia A" was renamed the "Chinese Super League" (CSL) and the second division "Jia B" renamed the "Jia" league.

October - Beijing Guoan players walked off during a match in protest against a refereeing decision. Beijing forfeited the match, were docked three points and fined 300,000 yuan. The referee was also banned for the rest of the season.

2006

September - The Anti-Football Gambling Leadership Group headed by a senior police officer and Nan Yong, a vice president of the CFA, was launched.

2009

January - Nan Yong took over from Xie Yalong as head of the CFA. April - A Public Security Ministry task force began investigating the Wang Xin case. Wang, former manager of second flight club Shanxi, was wanted by Interpol following match-fixing allegations in Singapore's S.League when he was managing the Liaoning Guangyuan club.

October - Top Chinese government officials, including President Hu Jintao, voiced concerns about the state of football.

November - The police task force announced the arrest of Wang Xin, former Shanxi boss Wang Po, and Guangzhou manager Yang Xu for alleged match-fixing in 2006.

December - Police arrested Xu Hongtao, president of English-owned CSL club Chengdu Blades, for allegedly bribing a Qingdao official to fix a Jia league match in 2007.

2010

January - Nan Yong, his deputy Yang Yimin and former referee department head Zhang Jianqiang were arrested in the probe and sacked from their posts.

Police released details of a match-fixing case allegedly involving Chinese Super League (CSL) club Guangzhou Pharmaceutical, a CFA official and Zhejiang Greentown players in the second flight Jia League in 2006.

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