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the answer to match-fixing in Korea - double the minimum salary...

... and bring in a lie detector. Well, it's a start at least, but the problem goes much deeper than that. If players are disenchanted with their clubs or the wrong type of people are involved with the club, then their heads can easily be turned. The new rules need to encourage whistle-blowers, to keep the wrong people out of the locker rooms, provide players with a long-term future in the sport rather than making them survive on a low base wage and to see the K-League share information with the betting firms. Simply removing the option to bet locally, only makes it easier for match-fixers. Every bet then goes via illegal channels, mostly outside South Korea, and without any chance of tracing it.

Regulation and establishing an audit trail is the best way forward.....


K-League ups base salary after match-fixing stain

The top local professional football league said Monday it will improve the welfare of its players and hand out severe punishments for corruption in response to a recent match-fixing scandal.

As part of restructuring measures, the K-League said it will raise players’ minimum salary and that clubs whose players are involved in match rigging will suffer tough penalties.

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“We will introduce a pension plan for players and strive to improve rights and welfare for players,” the league said in a statement. “The minimum wage will be doubled from the current 12 million won ($11,350) to 24 million won starting next year.”

The indicted players included some high-profile names, but most of them were little-known, middling players with low salaries. Investigators have said these players might have been more tempted to take a lump sum of cash from brokers to engage in match-fixing schemes. Some players allegedly took or were offered more money than their annual salary.

The league said it will continue to work with related agencies to establish cooperative relations with FIFA and Interpol. To prevent further match fixing, the K-League will also adopt a polygraph testing system, currently in use in the Singaporean league, on those suspected of match fixing.

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  1. "Well, it's a start at least, but the problem goes much deeper than that."

    Very true. Once it starts, it's very difficult to arrest it.

    Enjoy your blog and would like to add it to my blog roll, if you would do likewise.

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