Four arrests over volleyball match-fixing

South Korean prosecutors have arrested four people over alleged match-fixing in professional volleyball, officials said on Wednesday.

A former player with the KEPCO45 team allegedly took bribes from a gambling broker in return for trying to rig the results of games last year, an official at the prosecution office at the southeastern city of Daegu said. He spoke on condition of anonymity because an investigation was under way.

Two other former and incumbent KEPCO45 players have also been arrested for their alleged involvement, the official said.

A KEPCO45 official confirmed the arrests, saying his team “feels sorry” for the fans.

He wished to remain anonymous citing department rules.

The detained broker placed bets on an illegal online gambling website after the results were arranged, the prosecution official said.

The outcome of at least four volleyball games last year were rigged, he said.

The four people were separately arrested in late January and early February and prosecutors plan to indict them later this month, the official said.

The official refused to disclose further details but Yonhap news agency cited the Daegu prosecution office as saying the arrested players told investigators that more players were involved in match-fixing schemes.

Last year, South Korea’s soccer league was also hit by a massive match-fixing scandal, with almost 80 footballers and brokers convicted.

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