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South Korea hit by game-fixing scandal
AFP, June 3rd, 2011 1:59PM

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South Korea is the latest country to be hit by a gambling-related game-fixing scandal.

Five K-League players have been arrested and a sixth committed suicide. Two suspected gambling brokers have been arrested. They are alleged to have bought sports lottery tickets and paid 100 million won ($91,700) to a goalkeeper and 120 million won ($11,000) to a midfielder to fix games this season in order to win large sums.

According to newspaper reports, clubs have been trying to hush up game-fixing scandals, preferring to quietly release players implicated in match-rigging. Illicit online gambling sites, many of them operated by crime rings in South Korea and China, make match-fixing very tempting.

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