20 Mar 2012

South Korea bans 11 volleyball players for life

6:21 am on 20 March 2012

South Korea's volleyball association has banned 11 players for life in the latest effort to curb corruption in domestic sport.

South Korean sport has been scandalised by match-fixing allegations in professional football, volleyball and baseball, forcing the government to declare war on the issue

The Korean Volleyball Federation said the 11 players included four volleyball players from the military athletics team and two female players.

Last week, the Daegu District Prosecutors' Office charged 27 baseball and volleyball players, gambling brokers and others for their alleged involvement in corruption.

South Korean football officials recently scrapped a cup competition as part of sweeping changes brought in to avoid a repeat of last year's damaging scandal, which led to nearly 50 players being arrested.