Chinese Super League matches will not be available for Hong Kong punters given doubts about the competition’s integrity, said the city’s monopoly wagering operator on Tuesday, local media reports.
The Hong Kong Jockey club says it does not plan to offer bets for CSL matches. “During the match selection process, the club considers a number of important factors including information transparency, integrity and competitiveness of football matches,” said a Hong Kong Jockey Club spokesperson as quoted by the South China Morning Post, who added that the Club had to “safeguard the interests” of its customers.
Chinese football has had trouble with corruption in the past. In 2013, twelve teams and 58 current and former officials, players and referees were punished for their involvement in match-fixing and bribery.