Beijing: Chinese police have seized around $9.6 million used on illegal soccer betting, during the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

According to the Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau, during a crackdown on soccer gambling during the World Cup, 47 people were arrested in eight cases, Xinhua reported.

Guo Meimei, a celebrity on internet, was among those arrested when police busted a gambling ring Wednesday.

Guo in 2011 claimed on social media that she managed an organisation under the Red Cross Society of China (RCSC) and openly flaunted her wealth and extravagant lifestyle.

The scandal dealt a major hit to the reputation of the RCSC.