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Chinese corruption crackdown continues as two former CFA chiefs face corruption and bribery charges in court

Chinese corruption crackdown continues as two former CFA chiefs face corruption and bribery charges in court

Nan Yong and Xie Jalong are the two highest-ranking Chinese football officials to face court on corruption charges as the crackdown continues

Former Chinese Football Association (CFA) heads Nan Yong and Xie Yalong will this week go to court in Liaoning on charges of corruption and bribery according to state media.

The pair are the highest ranking Chinese officials to ever go to trial under corruption charges following the recent crackdown on illegal activity in the Middle Kingdom.

Xinhua reported Xie appeared in court on Tuesday but denied bribery charges and claimed he'd been tortured into confessions during interrogations.

Nan, who played a key role in China's successful run to the 2002 Fifa World Cup by appointing successful coach Bora Milutinovic, went to court on Wednesday morning on multiple charges of bribe-taking.

Elsewhere, former CFA referees committee head Li Dongsheng faced charges of bribery and embezzlement, while ex-national team players Qi Hong, Jiang Jin, Shen Si and Li Ming were also on trial for corruption.

During Xie's trial on Tuesday, his defence team dramatically claimed he was tortured with electric shocks and beaten during interrogations meaning his confessions were obtained illegally and should be abandoned.

Xie allegedly received 1.7 million yuan (€204,000) in bribes from several companies, clubs and individuals from 1998 to 2008.

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