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Choi comes clean on betting scandal

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 29 Jun 2011

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Former South Korea international Choi Sung-Kuk has become the second player to admit to match-fixing in the K-League.

Suwon Bluewings striker Choi owned up to his involvement in throwing games while with Sangju Sangmu, the football team of the South Korean military, last year.

The 28-year-old’s case is now with state prosecutors, according to reports from South Korea.

Choi is the second player known to have turned himself in to the K-League, who are offering leniency to those who come clean before the end of June.

The 28-year-old is the most high-profile footballer yet implicated in the scandal. He has been capped 26 times for South Korea and was also a star member of the Under-19 and Under-23 national teams.

According to reports, Choi was invited into the match-fixing ring by disgraced Sangju team-mate Kim Dong-Hyun, one of 10 players handed a lifetime ban after being indicted by prosecutors.

Choi has been suspected of being involved in the scandal ever since Kim was indicted, and even held a press conference in May to protest his innocence.

A former South Korea goalkeeper, whose name was withheld, became the first player to confess earlier this week.

Ten players have already been indicted and suspended for life while an 11th player was handed a five-year ban for betting on a game after a tip-off from another player.

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