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Korean baseball hit by spot-fixing

other Updated: Mar 06, 2012 23:38 IST

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Cricket is not the only sport afflicted with spot-fixing. Two South Korean baseball players have been suspended indefinitely in connection with an investigation into it.

LG Twins pitchers Kim Seong-hyun and Park Hyun-jun would not be eligible to play regular season games or exhibition matches, the Korea Baseball Organisation (KBO) said. "We offer our heartfelt apology for causing baseball fans a major disappointment," the KBO was quoted as saying by South Korea's Yonhap agency.

Full cooperation
"We will fully cooperate with related authorities to help them get to the bottom of the case, and will sternly punish all involved individuals." Kim was arrested last week and charged with taking kickbacks from a gambling broker for deliberating issuing first-inning walks last season. The following day team mate Park appeared before prosecutors in Daegu, 300 kilometers southeast of Seoul, but was not placed under arrest.

The KBO would convene a disciplinary committee to decide further punishment if the players received criminal penalties, Yonhap said.