January 27, 2010

Paying for spots on the national team?

Not cool dude.

But apparently it has been happening in China, according to a newspaper report. Players there have allegedly paid bribes to get spots in training camp. The fees increased, the bigger the match.
The allegations this week in Shanghai’s Oriental Morning Post are the latest to rock the scandal-plagued Chinese Football Association, whose top official was replaced this month after he and two others were questioned by police about match fixing.

According to the Post, a single trip to the national youth squad’s camp cost 80,000 yuan ($12,000), while a place at the adult team’s camp was priced at 100,000 yuan ($15,000), the Oriental Morning Post said in a report this week.

A call-up to an actual official match required a bribe of 200,000 yuan ($30,000), the paper said.
Ridiculous stuff.

Root against China in the World Cup. Wait, they couldn't even pay their way into that one.