Xie Yalong

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Xie Yalong (谢亚龙)

Xie Yalong (谢亚龙), was former Vice Chairman of the Chinese Football Association. The Dandong Municipal Intermediate People's Court in Liaoning Province announced on June 13, 2012 that Xie was sentenced to 10 and a half years in prison for taking bribes. He was also fined 200,000 yuan (US$31,340).

Born on Dec. 1, 1955 in Chongqing, Xie and his brother moved to Baoji, Shaanxi Province, and grew up there. Xie's father was a policeman in charge of household registration.

In 1973, Xie joined the Shaanxi Provincial Track and Field Team as a 100m/200m sprinter and won the provincial championship for the Middle School Track and Field Sports Games.

In early 1979, Xie suffered an accidental injury and became a coach after retiring as an athlete.

In 1980, he enrolled in the Coach Undergraduate Class of Beijing Sports University.

In 1992, he served as Vice President of the Beijing Sports University.

In 1996, he became Director of the Mass Sports Department of the State Commission for Physical Culture and Sports.

In 2000, he became Director of the Athletics Administrative Center of the General Administration of Sport of China (GASC).

In February 2002, he became Vice Director of the China Institute of Sports Science of the GASC.

In Sep. 2002 he took up the temporary post of Ankang Municipal Party Committee Vice Secretary, in Shaanxi Province.

In Oct. 2004, he became Party Secretary of the Electronic Information Center of the GASC.

In Feb. 2005, he became Vice Chairman of the Chinese Football Association.

In Sep. 2008, he studied at the Chinese Academy of Governance.

In 2009, he acted as Chairman of the Board of Directors of China Sports Industry Group Co. Ltd.

In Sep. 2010, he was arrested on suspicion of manipulating football matches and accepting briberies. In April the following year, he was publicly charged and put on trial.

In Dec. 2011, Xie pleaded guilty to the crime of gambling, but said that he "couldn't be regarded as a corrupt official."

On Apr. 24, 2012, Xie stood the second trial round for taking bribes, at the Dandong Intermediate People's Court in Liaoning Province. Xie, charged with taking over 1.7 million yuan (US$273,000) in bribes, told the court that he had confessed to some of the alleged charges since someone had "forced him" during earlier interrogations, Xinhua reported. Xie claimed that he had been tortured into confessing to bribe-taking.

Xinhua reported on April 26, 2012 that Liu Leguo, deputy director of Liaoning Public Security Bureau which oversaw the investigative team on Chinese soccer corruption, denounced Xie's claim as "groundless" in an interview with Xinhua.

The Dandong Municipal Intermediate People's Court in Liaoning Province announced on June 13, 2012 that Xie was sentenced to 10 and a half years in prison for taking bribes. Xie was also fined 200,000 yuan (US$31,340).