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Asian Leagues


Drive to clean up Chinese game

Police in China have started a crackdown on corruption and match fixing. Police took in for questioning Nan Yong, the head of the country's football federation; Yan Yimin, a vice-president of the football body; and Zhiang Jianqiang, head of the referees' committee. It is difficult to fix matches without the compliance of referees. In the last three months at least 21 officials, players and club officials have been arrested on allegations of match fixing, or of gambling in matches which is illegal in China.

The Financial 'Meltdown' and Football

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has talked this weekend of a 'meltdown' in the world's financial system which could lead to a further 20 per cent being wiped off stock exchange values. We don't claim to be economic forecasters on this page, but one of the difficulties with statements of this kind is the so-called 'Oedipus effect': making the prediction increases the chances of it occurring. Some of the commentary in recent days has come from people whose agenda is the failure of the Premiership.