Four S. Koreans arrested over matchfixing

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean prosecutors have arrested four people over alleged match-fixing in professional volleyball, officials said Wednesday.

A former player with the KEPCO45 team allegedly took bribes from a gambling broker in return for trying to rig the results of games in the 2009-2010 season, according to officials from KEPCO45 and the prosecution office in the southeastern city of Daegu.

Two other former and incumbent KEPCO45 players have also been arrested for their alleged involvement, they said.

A KEPCO45 official said his team “feels sorry” for fans and will cooperate in an investigation. He wished to remain anonymous citing department rules.

The detained broker placed bets on an illegal online gambling website after the results were arranged, the prosecution official said on condition of anonymity because an investigation was under way. The outcome of at least four volleyball games in the 2009-2010 season were rigged, he said.

The four people were separately arrested in late January and early February, and prosecutors plan to indict them later this month, the official said.

The official refused to disclose further details, but Yonhap news agency cited the Daegu prosecution office as saying the arrested players told investigators that more players were involved in match-fixing schemes.

Last year, South Korea’s football league was also hit by a massive match-fixing scandal, with nearly 80 players and brokers convicted.


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