Chinese court sentences former Everton star Li Tie to life in prison over corruption

Chinese court sentences former Everton star Li Tie to life in prison

Former Everton player Li Tie has been given a life sentence in his native China for engaging in corruption and manipulating the system to further his football career aspirations.

The 46-year-old, who coached the China national team from 2019 to 2021, spent four years playing for Everton in the Premier League from 2002 to 2006, appearing in 40 matches for the team.

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He also had a brief stint at Sheffield United, making just one appearance.

Following a crackdown on football corruption in China, Li Tie was found guilty of accepting and offering bribes, leading to his life imprisonment.

In a televised confession on CCTV, Li admitted to paying approximately £330,000 to influence the national team.

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It is now expected that Li Tie will spend the remainder of his life behind bars due to his involvement in corrupt activities in the football world.

‘I’m very sorry,’ Li said in a televised statement. ‘I should have kept my head to the ground and followed the right path. There were certain things that at the time were common practices in football.

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‘By gaining ‘success’ through such improper means, it actually made me more and more impatient and eager for quick results.

‘In order to achieve good performance, I resorted to influencing referees, bribing opposing players and coaches, sometimes through clubs dealing with other clubs.’

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