Life bans on 41 players from Korea extended

2013-01-10 01:50:12 GMT2013-01-10 09:50:12(Beijing Time)

FIFA has extended the match-fixing sanctions on 41 players in South Korea to worldwide life bans.

The scandal goes back to 2011 when more than 50 players and coaches in the K-League were indicted for accepting money to fix matches.

Forty-one players received life bans from the K-League and the Korea Football Association. FIFA said yesterday that its disciplinary committee extended the sanctions to have worldwide effect.

However, FIFA said it would offer 21 players who admitted involvement in the scandal a chance to return to football.

Those players must go through a probation period of between two and five years, including community service ranging from 200 to 500 hours. Reinstatement after the probation would be up to the Korea Football Association.

Meanwhile, FIFA aims to "revolutionize" the transfer market by helping clubs avoid using agents, who took commissions averaging 28 percent in cross-border player deals in 2012.

FIFA said it is developing a system to help clubs deal directly with each other, and give information about players available to sign. "This will revolutionize the international and national transfer system," Jacques Anouma, chairman of the FIFA Club Football Committee, said.

Transfer cost

Clubs have told FIFA they often have to rely on intermediaries who push up the overall cost of a transfer.

FIFA aims to respond by offering clubs a paid-for service, called Global Player Exchange. National associations will also be invited to subscribe.

"These new optional services will have the same core aim of improving transparency," FIFA said in a statement. "Subscribing clubs will be able to access market information and interact with each other."

Meanwhile, the sports governing body denounced "abhorrent, shameful" racist and anti-Semitic abuse by Bulgaria and Hungary fans at opposing teams and ordered each team to play a World Cup qualifier in an empty stadium.


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