Jeon to be charged with fixing matches

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Jeon to be charged with fixing matches

The Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency said Tuesday that it will request a detention warrant for Anyang KGC coach Jeon Chang-jin for violating the National Sports Promotion Act.

The police said it will soon wrap up its investigation into the 52-year-old coach and file for the warrant Wednesday.

Jeon has been summoned by police twice since the police announced the investigation in May.

Jeon, a five-time Korean Basketball League (KBL) Coach of the Year, is accused of match fixing and illegal gambling while coaching the Busan KT Sonicboom last season.

According to police, Jeon deliberately tried to lose and bet against his team in three games.

He tried to fix a Feb. 20 game against the Seoul SK Wyverns, followed by a game against the Goyang Orions on Feb. 27 and Jeonju KCC Egis on March 1.

Police said that Jeon asked acquaintances to place a bet against his team using a cloned phone, while allegedly using bench players more often than regular ones in those games.

Jeon’s lawyers said that the police don’t have clear evidence that the coach was involved in match fixing, while there were no transfers reported in his bank account matching the betting allegations.

Jeon is not currently not registered in the KBL as a coach after the league decided to review his qualifications.

If convicted, he will be the second KBL coach to be involved in match fixing.

Former Wonju Dongbu Promy coach Kang Dong-hee was found guilty in 2013.

BY JOO KYUNG-DON [joo.kyungdon@joongang.co.kr]

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