Ten people, including professional soccer club officials, university coaches, and agents, have been sent to trial for paying players to join professional soccer clubs. Choi Tae-wook, a former coach of the national team under former Portugal coach Paulo Bento, was also indicted on charges of embezzlement.
The Seoul Central District Prosecutors’ Office’s Criminal Division 9 (Deputy Chief Prosecutor Kim Hyun-ah) announced on the 13th that it had indicted two people on suspicion of bribery and embezzlement, eight people on suspicion of bribery, and one person on suspension. Former Ansan FC Greeners coach Lim Jong-heon and agent Choi were indicted, while former Ansan CEO Lee Jong-geol and Ansan Power Enhancement team leader were indicted. The agent, who is fleeing overseas, has been dropped.
According to prosecutors, Lee Jong-geol, the former CEO of Ansan, is suspected of receiving a Benz car worth 50 million won, a Rolex watch worth 27 million won, and cash from the players’ parents and agent Choi Mo-si in exchange for signing two players. He is also accused of receiving 9 million won from former coach Lim Jong-heon in exchange for his appointment as the head coach of Ansan.
Lim Jong-heon was also detained in July for receiving 45 million won from agent Choi in exchange for player recruitment and extorting 60 million won from a player’s father by deceiving him into joining a professional team. The head of the Ansan club’s power enhancement team was charged with receiving 30 million won in exchange for player recruitment, and the head coach of a university was charged with receiving 60 million won in personnel expenses.
In particular, the indicted agent, Choi, provided a total of 129 million won to five people, including Lee Jong-geol, and in the process conspired with Choi Tae-wook, a former coach and elementary school soccer team manager who was also a former friend of the player he was trying to recruit, according to prosecutors.
Prosecutors said they uncovered the systematic crime in May of this year after investigating a case in which Choi allegedly extorted 20 million won from a player in exchange for a professional tryout, including re-investigating related parties, tracing accounts, and conducting raids. The police reportedly decided to drop the fraud case against Choi, the agent.
As a result of the investigation, prosecutors indicted five people, including two university coaches, four professional team leaders, and an agent who contributed or participated in the fraud, and arrested Lim and the agent, who received multiple and large amounts of money over a long period of time. The arrest warrant was dismissed for Lee Jong-geol, saying he was not a flight risk.토토사이트
A prosecution official said, “We have taken measures to recover the money to block the acquisition of profits from the crime, and we have also notified the Korea Football Association, which manages and supervises coaches and agents, of the misconduct.” “We will do our best to maintain the prosecution so that the defendants who take player management lightly as a practice can be punished commensurate with their crimes.”