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FIFA bans Chinese referee for life in match fixing probe

FIFA has given worldwide bans to 58 football players and officials found guilty in Chinese match-fixing cases.

58 people punished in total for their role

Referee Lu Jun of China, left, seen before a 2002 World Cup assignment, received the harshest penalty possible. (Pornchai Kittiwongsakul/AFP/Getty Images)

FIFA has given worldwide bans to 58 football players and officials found guilty in Chinese match-fixing cases.

FIFA says it expelled 33 people from world football for life and 25 others will serve five-year bans for involvement in "domestic match-fixing and bribery."

All those banned were previously sanctioned by the Chinese Football Association.

Life bans were imposed on referee Lu Jun, who officiated two 2002 World Cup group-stage matches, and four former Chinese internationals: Shen Si, Qi Hong, Jiang Jin and Li Ming.

FIFA says the sanctions follow investigations and trials conducted by law enforcement and football authorities from 2010-12.

FIFA says the fixed matches were played "in the 1990s and early 2000s."