Suspended Korean player commits suicide

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The South Korean footballer Lee Gyeong-Hwan, who was suspended for life for his part in a large Korean betting scandal, is thought to have committed suicide. The local police reported their initial findings to the Yonhap news agency.

The 24 year old Gyeong-hwan, was found dead outside an apartment in the center of Incheon, west of Seoul.

Lee was suspended after a series of accusations of manipulating K-League matches from last season. The South Korean government found this reason enough to threaten to suspend the competition. The image of the K-League suffered a severe dent after the series of allegations and the arrests of nearly 50 players.

It is the worst scandal for the K-League in 29 years. The South Korean competition was also was shaken by the alleged suicides of a former coach and former player as the scandal unfolded. The K-League Cup match was canceled as part of drastic measures by the government to fight corruption.

Football is not the only South Korean sport that is affected by the fixing of competitions, arrests in the past involved those connected to volleyball, baseball and even boat races.

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