K-League scandal

More South Korea match-fixing arrests

May 29, 2011
By ESPNsoccernet staff

South Korean prosecutors have arrested three more K-League players for alleged involvement in a match-fixing scandal, according to the Yonhap news agency.

The trio all play for Daejeon Citizen, the club at the centre of the scandal, and the number of players arrested is now up to five, with two other match-fixing brokers also arrested.

The players are suspected of receiving money ahead of Daejon's 3-0 defeat to Pohang Steelers on April 6 and the investigation has sparked off concerns that match-fixing may be rife in the K-League.

Authorities will be asked by the K-League to take its games off Sports Toto, the country's only licensed sports lottery, for a while to prevent match-fixing, league secretary general Ahn Gi-Heon told reporters Thursday.

"Many club representatives felt it was only a few players (involved) and it shouldn't affect the entire league," Ahn said, adding his office would form a committee to eliminate corruption.