South Korean Soccer Players Face Lie Detectors

League cracking down on game-fixing and corruption
By Tim Karan,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 11, 2011 5:45 PM CDT

(Newser) – Roger Clemens should be glad he never played professional soccer in South Korea. The K-League, which is battling a widespread game-fixing scandal, has announced plans to give lie detector tests to its players, reports Metro. The league will also double players' minimum wage and introduce a new pension scheme to help dissuade corruption. Last week, 46 players were arrested on suspicion of fixing 15 matches from June to October of last year.

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Players suspected of foul play will now be forced to take the lie detector test, with anyone who refuses facing suspension. The consequences of corruption won't just strike individual players, either. "We're working on amending rules so that if match-fixing recurs, teams will be put at a great disadvantage," reads a league statement. "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." (Read more South Korea stories.)

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