(Yicai Global) Nov. 28 -- Li Tie, the former head coach of the Chinese men's national soccer team, is being investigated on suspicion of breaking the law, according to Hubei province's commission for discipline inspection.
Li is being probed over suspected involvement in serious violations of the law, according to information published on Nov. 26 on the official websites of the Hubei Provincial Discipline Inspection Committee of the Communist Party of China and the Hubei Provincial Supervisory Committee.
Born in May 1977, Li was a professional soccer player, and coached the men's national soccer team between January 2020 and last December. He is now associated with companies involved in sports activities.
Li was taken away by the authorities on Nov. 9 during a professional training session for professional-level coaches of the Chinese Football Association and Asian Football Confederation, The Paper reported.
Wang Dengfeng, the former vice president of the CFA, was investigated at the end of August.
Six of the nine firms associated with Li, including Guangzhou InSports Development and Shenyang LiTie Football Club, are operational, according to information on corporate platform Tianyancha.
Li is also involved in partnerships and endorsements. He is a partner of Chinese sportswear maker Li Ning, soft drinks producer Jianlibao Group, and fermented tea maker Yulin Gushucha.
Editor: Futura Costaglione