South Korea’s governing body of soccer announced Thursday it will lift lifetime bans on players involved in a 2011 match-fixing scandal.
At a board meeting, the Korea Football Association decided to reduce the penalties on 11 K League Classic players who were either acquitted in court for their alleged roles in match fixing or reported themselves to officials.
Dozens of active and former players were indicted or convicted in the first match-fixing scandal to rock the nation’s first-division football league.
The lifetime ban on former Daegu FC midfielder Kim Seung-hyun, who was found not guilty by the Supreme Court in October 2011, was lifted immediately after the end of the KFA board meeting, officials said.
Also, lifetime bans on 10 other players, including former Busan I’Park defender Lee Jeong-ho, were reduced to 18-month suspensions.
Their suspensions are set to end on Feb. 24, according to the KFA. (Yonhap News)