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SBD Global/January 10, 2013/International Football

FIFA Confirms Extension Of Sanctions On 41 Players From South Korea

FIFA confirmed the extension of sanctions on 41 players from South Korea related to a domestic match-fixing investigation dating back to the summer of '11. All 41 players have been sanctioned with a lifetime ban from all football activity by the K League and the Korea FA’s disciplinary committees. The FIFA Disciplinary Committee has extended the sanctions to have worldwide effect. However, 21 players who turned themselves in during the voluntary reporting period, expressing their grave regret about their involvement in match-fixing, have been offered the possibility of returning to football after a probation period of between two and five years. This includes carrying out periods of community service ranging from 200 to 500 hours. The probation is voluntary, which means that the respective player has to inform the K League that he wishes to return to football. At this point, the player then has to commit himself to one of a variety of community services related to football (FIFA).
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