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K League fines Jeonnam, Incheon over fan violence

Two Korean football clubs were fined Wednesday over fan violence that occurred earlier this month.

The K League, operator of Korea’s pro football league, meted out a 7 million won ($6,290) fine for Incheon United and 5 million won fine for Jeonnam Dragons for the incident that happened at Gwangyang Football Stadium in Gwangyang, South Jeolla, on Nov. 5.

After the match ended in a 2-2 draw, two Incheon supporters invaded the pitch and rushed to the referee who had ejected two Incheon players for fouls. The supporters then assaulted a Jeonnam employee who was filming them with a cell phone. The two tried to erase the video after taking the employee’s cell phone, but were stopped by police.

The K League said although Jeonnam are the victims of the incident, they are still responsible for not taking good care of security matters at their home stadium, while Incheon are punished for poorly managing their fans.


Businesses promise support for successful PyeongChang

Korea’s business associations will fully cooperate with the PyeongChang Olympics organizers to make the global sports event a success, the Korea Employers Federation (KEF) said Thursday.

In a meeting with officials from the PyeongChang Organizing Committee for the 2018 Olympic & Paralympic Winter Games, executives from the country’s six major business lobby groups vowed they will sponsor promotional events for the winter sports games, buy tickets for their employees and provide other residential facilities, the KEF said in a statement.

Lee Hee-beom, who heads the organizing committee, said if the country successfully hosts the global event, it will “help the Korean economy make another leap forward and enhance the image of the country,” the statement said.

The business leaders hoped the global event will play a role in generating jobs and promoting the tourism industry at a time when the country’s economic growth remains weak, it said.

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