South Korea Basketball Referee Accused Of Taking Bribes, Altering Game Calls
A referee in the Korean Basketball League "allegedly received a bribe from a team in exchange for favorable calls" in '08 according to Yoon Min-sik of the KOREA HERALD. Both the referee's name and the team involved "were withheld by authorities." Police of the city of Busan said that an unnamed official from a KBL team gave the 44-year-old referee "2M won in cash and a notebook computer worth about 1M won in Oct. '08. Then a year later, the KBL "found out about the crime and suspended the referee for the third round of regular season" and cut his pay (KOREA HERALD, 11/6). In Seoul, Jung Min-ho reported the referee has only been "identified as Shin." The Korea Basketball Association called a board of directors meeting Wednesday "to come up with ways to prevent further wrongdoings." KBA Chief of Staff Kim Gap-seon said, "A total of 14 members attended a meeting to discuss the issue, and we came to the conclusion that the president stepping down would be irresponsible at this point as his term only has two months left." KBA rules state that any member who breaks the rules and is jailed as a result "will be permanently stripped of any role in the organization" (KOREA TIMES, 11/7).