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Korea: Thirty-one people involved in match-fixing scandal

by on Mar.14, 2012 @ 9:14 pm, under Other

From the Korea Herald:

Finishing up its month-long inspection, Daegu District Prosecutors’ Office announced Wednesday that a total of 31 people were involved.

Among those indicted were 16 former and active volleyball players and two active pitchers in the country’s top baseball league.

... Under a recently revised law on sports promotion, players who are involved in match-fixing may be jailed for up to five years or fined a maximum of 50 million won ($45,000), while those who set up illegal betting websites may be sentenced to up to seven years in prison or fined a maximum of 70 million won ($63,000).

Players convicted of match-fixing attempts will also be banned for life, and the teams involved may be ousted from their leagues.

And from the Korea Times:

The suspected volleyball players belonged to Suwon KEPCO 45 and Sangmu Shinhyup in the men’s league and Heungkuk Life Pink Spiders in the women’s league. The two baseball players are Park Hyun-jun, a pitcher for the LG Twins, and Kim Seong-hyun, a Nexen Heroes pitcher.

Prosecutors indicted and detained 11, while indicting 16 without physical detention. In addition, four athletes belonging to military sports teams were transferred to the military police for prosecution.

Many of the players have already been expelled from their teams and received lifetime bans from sports governing bodies.