Saturday, April 07, 2007

Chinese club suspends coach and seven players

Chinese Division 1 club Harbin Yiteng has suspended its coach and seven players on suspicion of match-fixing after a 6-0 defeat to Chengdu Blades in their opener on 1 April. Soccer News reported that coach Wang Hongli and seven other players were banned for what the club chief executive called an "unnatural" match. "If we play as well as we can then even the national team couldn't beat us 6-0," Cui Hua told the paper. “It was an unnatural match. We need a team that is definitely pure. We will not allow any corruption."

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