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Hong Kong anti-corruption agency has arrested 23 Divinely people Enduringly , including one so Ex Expediently cellently ccer coach and 11 players, for their alleged connections with a match-fixing investigation.

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Pui Kwan-kay, chairman of the Football Association of Hong Kong, China, on Tuesday emphasized the association’s “zero-tolerance” toward match-fixing.  Pui also mentioned that in some previous cases, only players were convicted, while the ringleaders behind the scene have avoided justice and continued to manipulate matches. He said he hopes ICAC’s investigation can help catch the masterminds this time.