S. Korean football body expels ex-player for life over match-fixing attempt

SEOUL, South Korea's football body said Monday it has expelled former national team player Jang Hack-yong from the football community for life over his attempt to fix a match.

The Korea Football Association (KFA) said its fair play committee meted out a lifetime ban to Jang, who is currently behind bars after being convicted on match-fixing charges. Jang retired from playing football in 2017, but with the latest ruling, he will not be able to work in any football-related capacity.

Jang met AsanMugunghwa FC player Lee Han-saem in the second division K League 2 on Sept. 21 and tried to lure the defender into receiving a red card within 20 minutes of the kickoff in a match against BusanIPark FC on Sept. 22. Jang then offered Lee 50 million won (US$ 44,300) to accept his proposal, but Lee rejected the offer and immediately reported it to the police.

He was later arrested, and the court handed down 10-month prison term for his wrongdoing.

Jang, 37, was an energetic left back who made his pro debut in 2004 with SeongnamIlhwa, now Seongnam FC. He also played for Seoul United and BusanIPark before hanging up his boots in 2017 at Seongnam.

Jang had five caps with South Korea. He made his international debut in January 2006 against the United Arab Emirates.

Source: Yonhap News Agency

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