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‘Just the tip of the iceberg’: Chinese soccer chief accused of bribery, abuse of power

Charges of bribery and abuse of power have been levied against the Chinese Football Association (CFA)’s vice-chairman Wei Jixiang, mainland news sites reported on Tuesday.

Wei Jixiang, also Communist Party secretary for the State General Administration of Sports’ football management centre, returned to Beijing on Monday following a trip to Japan.

The 59-year-old was reported to the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) by his subordinate Fu Yupei, who accused Wei of accepting RMB100,000 (HK$121,126) in bribes and enjoying a succession of lavish feasts and raucous nights out during official duties in 2013.

Wei Jixiang

Wei Jixiang. Photo: HKFP.

Among the gifts Wei is accused of accepting from local officials are luxury-brand T-shirts valued at RMB4,000 (HK$4,846) each. According to Fu, a 20-year veteran of the CFA, these allegations are only the “tip of the iceberg.”

In August, Beijing announced plans to divorce the CFA from the State General Administration of Sports in an attempt to clean up the sport, which has become notorious for match-fixing and kickbacks.

'Just the tip of the iceberg': Chinese soccer chief accused of bribery, abuse of power