A former vice president and a supreme court judge were among a half-dozen officials who borrowed from other people's work without citing them for their university theses, a recent AFP review found.
The 36-year-old's decisions on Saturday in the Chinese Super League game between Shandong Luneng and Henan Jianye were criticised by fans of both sides and threw him into the spotlight.
In the aftermath Fu, one of five professional referees in Chinese football, was accused on social media of plagiarising parts of an academic paper he wrote about the sport.
Nanhang Jincheng College said in a statement on Weibo, China's version of Twitter, that it was monitoring the claims against Fu, who has been an international referee since 2014.
It later deleted the post and Fu has not responded publicly to the accusations, which were a major theme of discussion on Weibo.
Fu was a sports teacher at the institution in Nanjing, near Shanghai, from 2005 to 2016.
"The case should prompt the Chinese Football Association to do more to uphold a good image of Chinese football," the newspaper said.
"It should investigate the decisions and disclose the results in a timely manner to quell the public's suspicions that there were some underhand dealings behind Fu's performance.
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