Former football player arrested for match-fixing

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Former football player arrested for match-fixing

Former Korean football player Jang Hak-yong has been arrested for a match-fixing attempt, an official from the national pro football governing body said Sunday.

According to the K League official, Jang met a player, who is only identified by his surname Lee, at Asan Mugunghwa FC in the second division K League 2 on Sept. 21 and tried to lure the player to receive a red card within 20 minutes after kickoff in a match against Busan IPark FC on Sept. 22. Jang offered Lee 50 million won ($44,200) for accepting his proposal, but the Asan player rejected his offer, the K League official said.

“Lee called the police and reported it to his club immediately after he rejected Jang’s offer,” the K League official said. “The police then arrested Jang at a hotel in Busan.”

The official said the K League tried to reveal the incident to the public when Jang was arrested last month, but to cooperate with the police’s efforts to arrest Jang’s accomplice, it had remained silent.

Korea’s pro football league was heavily damaged in 2011 when it was hit by massive match-fixing scandal. The K League since then has been focusing on preventing match-fixing attempts, running workshops and call centers.

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