German conglomerate Siemens announced it was ending its sponsorship of China's soccer Super League after just one season. The league was set up to boost the image of soccer in China, but had a troubled first season with two teams walking off the pitch, alleging poor refereeing and management and match-fixing. A Siemens spokesman said the company would continue to sponsor China's national soccer team. The China Football Association, soccer's governing body, has acknowledged widespread corruption, blaming it on illegal gambling syndicates.
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