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Baseball Scandal in Taiwan

23 March 1997

TAIPEI, TAIWAN - The Associated Press stated that 11 of Taiwan's biggest baseball stars are under suspension for allegedly throwing games in the worst gambling scandal to hit Taiwanese professional sports.

The scandal included bribes to players of over $36,000/game in games which were thrown. Pitcher Kuo Chian-cheng claimed "almost all players'' were pressured by gambling syndicates, raising the likelihood more will have their seasons cut short.

Prosecutors say the syndicates spent $360,000 a game on big bribes to key players and smaller ones to buy the silence of others. Players convicted of gambling, fraud and breach of trust would face up to five years in prison and a lifetime ban on playing, Tu says. Meanwhile, they are being suspended at either half or no pay, he says.

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