The former chairman of the Chinese Football Association has been sentenced to life in prison for accepting bribes worth $11 million, state media said Tuesday, as a string of sports officials were jailed for corruption.

Under President Xi Jinping a sweeping crackdown on official graft has struck hard at China's sports industry, especially soccer.

About 10 senior leaders and executives of the CFA, including former national team coach Li Tie, have been brought down in recent years.