Punishment For Match-Fixing Participants in South Korea And Croatia
FIFA has confirmed the extension of sanctions to 13 individuals from South Korea and Croatia related to match-fixing. These extensions come following domestic investigations by both member associations. Pending a review of additional cases by FIFA's Disciplinary Committee Chair Marcel Mathier, the number of extensions of sanctions to members from South Korea will further increase. Following a match-fixing investigation in the K-League and League Cup matches, the Korea Football Association disciplinary committee confirmed the following sanctions: Sang Hong Lee and Dong Hyun Kim have received life bans, Jung Kyum Kim and Sung Kuk Choi have received five year bans. In addition, Eung Jin Kim, Sung Yo Hong, Byoung Kyu Park, Yeo San Yoon, Kyung II Sung and Jung Ho Lee all received life bans, with a possibility of reduction in the sanction after probation. In Croatia, at least 15 players, two coaches and one club official were involved in a match-fixing scandal in July '10 that became the subject of criminal investigations. The Croatian Football Federation has banned the individuals involved from any football activity for the duration of the investigations. For the majority of those individuals, the state criminal proceedings are still on-going. In the cases of the coach Vinko Saka and the players Mario Darmopil and Danijel Madaric, the state criminal proceedings were concluded, which allowed the CFF Disciplinary Committee to conduct and conclude disciplinary proceedings. These resulted in lifetime bans imposed on the aforementioned players and coach, who were found guilty of match-fixing in the First Croatian Football League in the season '09-10. The decisions are final and binding (FIFA).