China FA says no foul play at Tianjin derby

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Relegation-threatened Teda stunned Fabio Cannavaro's heavily fancied Quanjian 4-1
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The Chinese FA said Friday that it did not find evidence of match fixing at a Tianjin derby game where relegation-threatened Teda stunned Fabio Cannavaro’s heavily fancied Quanjian 4-1 provoking controversy.

The China Football Association said it had received documents before the game suggesting match fixing, but "did not discover strong evidence of the match being manipulated" after a full and thorough investigation, according to a statement on its website.

The Chinese Super League game's one-sided results in September raised eyebrows as it was Teda’s first win in nearly four months and boosted the team's chances of avoiding relegation as the season end loomed.

Tianjin Teda is now two spots above the relegation threshold with two more games until the current season concludes.

Soon after the Tianjin game, the FA brought in foreign referees to officiate selected Super League games and introduced the use of video replay.

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