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Saturday, July 2, 2011

K-League threatened with closure


Seoul — The South Korea government will shut down the K-League if multiple teams are involved in any more match-fixing scandals.

Vice Sports Minister Park Sun Kyoo issued the warning in a meeting with league officials on Thursday, his ministry said in a statement on Friday.

Park and senior soccer officials agreed to close down the 28-year-old league if several teams are linked with any new match-fixing scandals from Friday, the ministry said.

Park also threatened to expel a club from the K-League if its players are found to have received kickbacks in return for attempting to rig results.

Last month, South Korean prosecutors indicted 10 K-League players in the scandal. A former K-League midfielder, who allegedly worked as a broker, was found dead in an apparent suicide in late May.

Also on Friday, the Korea Football Association said in a statement that it has decided to permanently ban the 10 indicted players from all types of soccer-related posts, including coaching and refereeing, in South Korea.

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