SEOUL - K-League authorities will
introduce polygraph testing as part of a drive to drag South
Korea's professional football league out of a deep-rooted
match-fixing scandal, local media reported on Monday.
The league would also double the minimum wage for players
and introduce a new pension scheme to negate the lure of easy
money, the Yonhap news agency reported.
"We will introduce a pension plan for players and strive to
improve rights and welfare for players," the league bosses said
in a statement.
"The [annual] minimum wage will be doubled from the current
12 million won ($11,350) to 24 million won starting next year."
The league is grappling with the worst scandal in its
28-year history that led to the arrest of 46 players last week
in relation to attempted fixing of 15 matches from June to
October last year.
Prosecutors have also charged 11 brokers, including several
former players, with match-fixing and 10 players have been
kicked out of the sport for accepting cash to tank matches,
while another has been banned for five years.
The league authorities have decided that players suspected
of wrongdoings would be asked to take a polygraph test, also
known as lie detector, while all clubs would be required to
submit their plans to prevent such scandals.
Players and coaches who skip sessions on prevention of
corruption would be suspended.
"We're working on amending rules so that if match-fixing
recurs, teams will be put at a great disadvantage," the K League
"Teams will be relegated to a lower-tier league, will lose
points in the standings, or will be stripped of their rights to
play in the AFC Champions League."
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