A prominent soccer agency representing national team players has been confirmed to be under investigation by prosecutors for alleged player selection irregularities. The soccer world is watching the prosecution closely, fearing that it could turn into a “major corruption case. 메이저사이트
According to legal sources, the Seoul Central District Prosecutors’ Office’s Criminal Division 9 (Deputy Chief Prosecutor Kim Hyun-ah) raided the office of Ansan Greeners FC manager Lim Jong-heon in the second division of professional soccer on Tuesday.
Lim is accused of receiving tens of millions of won from soccer agent A, who worked as a manager at Thai professional soccer club Navy FC in 2018 and 2019, and selecting two Korean players in return. While investigating other criminal cases involving Mr. A’s agency, the prosecution reportedly learned of the circumstances of Mr. A’s transfer of money to Mr. Lim through account tracing and initiated the raid.
In addition to Lim, prosecutors are expanding their investigation to include a number of professional and collegiate teams who may have received bribes from A and his agency to select players. On the 16th, they called Mr. B, a former head coach of a well-known university soccer team in Seoul, to investigate the matter. In the soccer world, it is said that A and two or three clubs that received players through the agency are being investigated by the prosecution.
It is said that the prosecution has been investigating the scouting irregularities of college soccer teams for two to three years and has determined that the cases recently handed over to the police are highly related. The agency under investigation is said to have scouted and recruited many college players to join domestic soccer teams, and has also produced several World Cup representatives.
Meanwhile, the Ansan Greeners fired Lim shortly after the prosecution’s raid. However, Lim reportedly refused, citing the fact that prosecutors are still investigating.