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Belgium match fixers are imprisoned for up to 5 years

BRUSSELS -- The main figures in Belgium's biggest-ever soccer match-fixing ring involving players, coaches and a Chinese betting syndicate, were sentenced Friday to jail terms of up to five years.

On-the-run ringleader Zheyun Ye, charged with rigging matches between 2004 and 2006, was jailed in his absence for five years in a scandal which rocked Belgium football to its foundations.

Paul Put, manager of 2013 Africa Cup of Nations finalists Burkina Faso, was sentenced to two years.

Pietro Allata, a businessman and self-proclaimed gambler, received two-and-a-half years for his role in the scam, having also been charged with extortion and threatening behavior, while former Belgian international goalkeeper Gilbert Bodart got a six-month suspended sentence for corruption.

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