Football authorities in Guangzhou have banned a youth football club from organizing competitions after some players in an under-11 tournament were found to have engaged in match-fixing.
The incident occurred last week when some players deliberately tried to lose the match by shooting toward their own goal, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.
On Monday, the Guangzhou Football Association (GZFA) imposed a three-year ban on Guangzhou Yida Football Club.
Also, both teams involved in the match-fixing scandal are barred from future GZFA competitions.
The youth football tournament was open to teams from the Pearl River Delta, with eight squads in two age groups.
The scandal involved DongShanXiaoYe and Tikitaka, both from Guangzhou.
Before the match, DongShanXiaoYe was behind Qingmaio from Shunde District, which had finished on top of the tournament on more points.
DongShanXiaoYe desperately needed to win the Oct. 5 match with third-placed Tikitaka to overtake Qingmiao and win the championship — and keep it in Guangzhou.
After lagging 1-2 in the first half, DongShanXiaoYe surprisingly piled on the goals in the second half as Tikitaka appeared to collapse on its own errors.
Then Tikitaka began scoring own goals, allowing their opponents to win going away, 15-2.
Qingmaio accused Guangzhou Yida Football Club of fixing the match, triggering an investigation by GZFA.
Yida was founded by famous Chinese footballer Zhao Dayu to encourage young boys to take up the sport.
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