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Former Everton player, Li Tie, has been charged with several counts of suspected bribery by the Chinese authorities.

One of the most famed Chinese footballers of his generation who won more than 90 caps, Li made headlines when he joined Everton from Liaoning FC in 2002.

He spent 4 years at Goodison Park and a further 2 years with Sheffield United before returning to China with Chengdu Blades in 2008.

He took charge as the national team’s head coach in 2020 but stepped down during a failed qualifying campaign for last year’s World Cup.

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A statement from the Supreme People’s Procuratorate – the country’s top agency overseeing prosecution – said: “Li Tie, the former head coach of the Chinese national men’s football team, was suspected of accepting bribes, offering bribes, offering bribes at the unit, accepting bribes of non-state employees, and offering bribes to non-state employees.”


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Alan McGuffog
1 Posted 03/08/2023 at 08:28:39
BBC reporting that we may be docked points for this.
Steve Brown
2 Posted 03/08/2023 at 08:34:58
Has Simon Goodley in The Guardian made the Usmanov - Li Tie connection?

Usmanov seen eating in a Chinese restaurant at the same time as Lie Tie was charged for bribery by Chinese authorities etc.

Michael Kenrick
3 Posted 03/08/2023 at 08:41:24
Just wait till Goodison News and Everton News get hold of this then!
Pat Kelly
4 Posted 03/08/2023 at 10:47:01
I remember when he played with the Supreme People’s Club.
Roy McCue
5 Posted 03/08/2023 at 11:53:30
Alan - I actually believed you and checked the BBC page...
Kevin Molloy
6 Posted 03/08/2023 at 12:24:49
You won't see him no more.
Bill Watson
7 Posted 03/08/2023 at 17:45:21
Kevin #6,

In China, the penalties for giving or taking bribes can be very severe; up to life imprisonment and confiscation of money and property. If government officials are found guilty they can face the death penalty.

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