FIFA has confirmed the extension of sanctions to 13 individuals from Korea Republic and Croatia related to match-fixing. This follows domestic investigations by both member associations, and is in accordance with article 136 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code.
The number of extension of sanctions applied to participants from Korea Republic will further increase, pending a review of additional cases by the Chairman of FIFA’s Disciplinary Committee.
These cases follow on from 45 domestic sanctions extended to have global effect in February and April 2012, to participants in Turkey and Finland.
Following the decisions of the Chairman of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee, FIFA Director of Security Ralf Mutschke said: “These cases prove once more that the threat of illegal betting and match fixing is not only confined to one part of the world.
“The integrity of sport, and especially football, is hugely at risk and FIFA is firmly determined to combat this threat and sanction those who do not play by FIFA’s regulations.”
Following an investigation into match-fixing in K-League and League Cup matches, the KFA Disciplinary Committee confirmed the following sanctions, which have now been extended by FIFA. The sanctions apply as of the date of the K-League Disciplinary Committee decisions. The decisions are final and binding.
Sang Hong Lee and Dong Hyun Kim have both received life bans; Jung Kyum Kim has received a five-year ban; Sung Kuk Choi, Eung Jin Kim, Sung Yo Hong, Byoung Kyu Park, Yeo San Yoon, Kyung Il Sung and Jung Ho Lee have all received life bans, with the possibility for a reduction of the sanction after probation.
In Croatia, at least 15 players, two coaches and one club official were involved in a match fixing scandal in July 2010 that became the subject of criminal investigations. Therefore, in accordance with the Croatian state ‘Sport Act’ the Croatian Football Federation (CFF) banned the persons involved from any football activity for the duration of the investigations. For the majority of those individuals, the state criminal proceedings are still on-going.
In the cases of the coach Vinko Saka and the players Mario Darmopil and Danijel Madaric, the state criminal proceedings were concluded, which allowed the CFF Disciplinary Committee to conduct and conclude disciplinary proceedings, which resulted in lifetime bans imposed on the aforementioned players and official, who were found guilty of match-fixing in the First Croatian Football League in the season 2009/10. The decisions are final and binding.
Furthermore, CFF was asked to inform FIFA as soon as disciplinary proceedings are concluded in the cases of the other players and officials, so that any sanctions taken by CFF regarding match fixing may also be extended to have worldwide effect.