The latest admission comes after another well-known referee, Huang Junjie, has admitted taking bribes to fix matches in China, including a friendly involving Manchester United in 2007, according to a state media report. Standing trial in northeastern Liaoning province, Huang Junjie confessed on Tuesday that he had received bribes of nearly 1.6 million yuan ($252,100) between 2005 and 2009, the official Xinhua news agency reported. Huang Junjie used to be one of the best Chinese FIFA referees. The bribes were from six domestic clubs and involved two international matches, a friendly between Manchester United and Shenzhen FC which the English side won 6-0 and another between Sydney FC and Shanghai Shenhua in 2009, Xinhua said. Apart from taking bribes to officiate in favour of clubs, Huang also took money from his colleague Zhou Weixin and helped him with gambling. During an exhibition match between English Premier League giants Manchester United and China's Shenzhen FC in Macao Stadium in 2007, Huang met Zhou's request to let Shenzhen FC win toss-up for the kick-off and received $100,000 (Hong Kong) as a reward afterwards. In 2009, Huang helped Zhou win in gambling again during a friendly between China's Shanghai Shenhua and Australian side Sydney FC. And this time the reward was 100,000 yuan. Huang was taken away by the police in March 2010, and Zhou was also arrested at the same time. Huang and Zhou were both charged with taking bribes as non-state staff with Zhou facing an additional count of bribing civil servants.
Lu, Huang and Zhou are among some 60 national soccer players, referees, coaches and other officials accused of involvement in match-fixing and gambling scandals in a national clampdown in late 2009.
Source: Reuters / Xinhua