China chief to discuss matchfixing with Blatter

BEIJING - New Chinese football boss Wei Di is to meet FIFA president Sepp Blatter next week to discuss China's matchfixing scandal.

Wei, who took over as the head of the football department at the sports ministry in January when his predecessor Nan Yong was arrested for accepting bribes, will travel to Zurich next week to meet Blatter.

"Director Wei is visiting under FIFA's invitation, which is normal for a new appointee, and I believe they will discuss every aspect of Chinese football," Chinese Football Association (CFA) spokesman Dong Hua said on Wednesday.

FIFA said earlier this year they were working with the CFA on revising their "statutes" and were "considering" plans to meet with the Chinese over the matchfixing scandal.

Wei met the Asian confederation chief Mohamed Bin Hammam in Kuala Lumpur earlier this week to discuss the scandal, which has led to the arrest of more than 20 CFA and club officials as well as a World Cup referee.

"I have been given a very big responsibility to work closely with all football professionals to change the Chinese football environment, rebuild and improve its credibility and reputation," Wei told the confederation's website.

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