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Ex-Everton footballer Li Tie ‘sentenced to life in prison’

Former Everton player Li Tie has been sentenced to life in prison, according to reports in his native China

Ex-Everton footballer Li Tie 'sentenced to life in prison'

Li, 46, was embroiled in a corruption scandal after publicly admitting that he paid 3 million yuan (£330,000) in bribes in order to manage China’s national team. Also in his televised confession on state broadcaster CCTV, the ex-defensive midfielder admitted to taking part in a match-fixing scandal which earned promotions for his club teams.

One of the most talented Chinese players of his generation and capped 92 times by his country, Li made 33 appearances for Everton during a loan spell from boyhood side Liaoning in the 2002-03 season.

He was then signed permanently by the Toffees in a £1.2million transfer deal and played seven matches the following campaign before breaking his leg on international duty in February 2004.

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