SKorea threatens to shut soccer league over fixing

The South Korean government has threatened to shut down its

professional soccer league if more K-League teams are involved in

the match-fixing scandal.

The Sports Ministry said Friday that Vice Minister Park Sun-kyoo

issued the warning in a meeting with soccer officials the previous


The ministry cited Park as saying it may eliminate a soccer club

from the K-League if its players are found to have received

kickbacks in return for attempting to rig the results of games.

Park says the entire K-League would be closed down if its

determined that several teams are linked to the match-fixing


Prosecutors last month indicted 14 people, including 10 K-League

players, in the ongoing scandal.

A former K-League player, who allegedly worked as a broker, was

found dead in an apparent suicide in May.