Liaoning Guangyuan FC

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Liaoning Guangyuan FC
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Full name Liaoning Guangyuan Football Club
Founded 2007
Ground Queenstown Stadium
Queenstown, Singapore
Ground Capacity 5,000
League S.League

Liaoning Guangyuan Football Club (Chinese: 辽宁广原足球俱乐部) is a Chinese professional soccer club which played in Singapore's S.League as a foreign team in the 2007 season. The club was a satellite team of the Chinese Super League club Liaoning FC. Players from Liaoning's youth teams made up the majority of Liaoning Guangyuan's S.League squad. The team played their home games at the Queenstown Stadium. They finished in 10th place out of 12 teams in the S.League in 2007.

In 2008, allegations of match-fixing surfaced involving officials and players of Liaoning Guangyuan. Seven Liaoning Guangyuan players were subsequently jailed, while Team Manager Wang Xin left Singapore and failed to appear in court to face charges against him. He was eventually detained in Shenyang by the China Police Force in April 2009 following his alleged involvement in a match-fixing scandal in China.[1]

The Football Association of Singapore decided not to invite Liaoning Guangyuan to participate in the S.League again in 2008. They were replaced in the league by Dalian Shide Siwu FC.[2][3]

Match-fixing scandal[edit]

In January 2008, the Singapore media reported that Liaoning Guangyuan's Team Manager Wang Xin had been arrested following an investigation by Singapore's Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau into alleged match-fixing. Eight players from the team also had had their passports impounded pending investigations.[4][5] Shortly after the scandal broke, the Football Association of Singapore announced that it would not be inviting Liaoning Guangyuan to participate in the S.League again in 2008.

Investigations showed that Wang had arranged for a friend in China to place online bets on some of Liaoning Guangyuan's matches through a China-based betting website. He then approached certain players individually and asked them to help ensure the team would lose the match by a particular number of goals in return for bribes.[6]

On 16 January 2008, Wang failed to appear in court for a hearing on the charges.[7][8][9][10] He remains wanted by the Singapore authorities.

Seven Liaoning Guangyuan players were charged and pleaded guilty to accepting amounts ranging between S$1,200 and S$4,000 from Wang to throw games. Li Xuebai, Li Zheng, Dong Lei, Peng Zhiyi, Tong Di and Zhao Zhipeng received jail sentences of five months, while Wang Lin was sentenced to four months. Each of the six players also received fines ranging from S$2,200 to S$6,200.[6]

S.League Record[edit]

  • 2007 - 10th place

Singapore Cup Record[edit]

  • 2007 - First Round

Players for 2007 season[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 China GK Haikal Dong
2 China DF Li Xuebai
3 China DF Su Mingtao
4 China MF Xu Wenbin
5 China FW Qu Bo
6 China MF Li Zheng
7 China MF Zhu Kai
8 China FW Zhang Haifeng
9 China FW Li Xinyu
10 China FW Tong Di
12 China GK Wang Haoyi
13 China MF Gong Yu
14 China MF Liu Haoming
15 China FW Xu Kun
Singapore MF Abdullah Hamzid

References[edit]

  1. ^ 粤媒三点质疑反赌风暴 知情人称反赌可能到此为止, Sina Sports News (in Chinese), 27 November 2009
  2. ^ Dalian fill 12th S-League spot, Today, 30 January 2008
  3. ^ Dalian Shide to field team in S.League, channelnewsasia.com, 30 January 2008
  4. ^ Match-fixing taint again, Today, 8 January 2008
  5. ^ S-League Manager Arrested on Match-Fixing Charge, au.fourfourtwo.com, 10 January 2008
  6. ^ a b Six match-fixing Liaoning soccer players jailed, The Straits Times, 23 April 2008
  7. ^ Arrest warrant issued for Liaoning Guangyuan's team manager, channelnewsasia.com, 16 January 2008
  8. ^ Manager's no-show, Today, 17 January 2008
  9. ^ S-League GM in match-fixing case fails to show up in court, The Straits Times, 17 January 2008
  10. ^ Missing manager had modest lifestyleThe Straits Times, 18 January 2008

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