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SBD Global/February 20, 2013/International Football
China Football Match-Fixing Penalties Lauded As 'Inadequate' By Journalists, Commentators
Published February 20, 2013
GETTING OFF EASY: The AFP reported China's Titan Media VP Yan Qiang said that the punishments handed down were not enough. Qiang: "These are not really serious punishments. I do not think this is enough to set an extreme example to warn off future offenders. Where there is profit, there will be more people trying to get into it with illegal ways, so it will be an ongoing fight." Social media users "blamed the authorities themselves for the scandals." One post on Sina Weibo, China's version of Twitter, said, "To see where the environment for this corruption was bred, one need look no further than the original culprit -- the CFA" (AFP, 2/19).