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Pitcher convicted of match fixing banned for life from top league

All Headlines 17:56 January 25, 2017

SEOUL, Jan. 25 (Yonhap) -- A pitcher convicted of match fixing on Wednesday received a lifetime ban from the nation's top league.

The Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) said Lee Tae-yang, former right-hander with the NC Dinos, has been banned from playing or coaching in the league. He is also prevented from playing in the United States, Japan or Chinese Taipei without his former club's authorization because of the KBO's agreements with those three nations.

Lee received a suspended jail term last August for match fixing charges. He has already been released by the Dinos.

Another pitcher with a match-fixing conviction, Yoo Chang-sik, was slapped with a three-year ban. The KBO said it levied a lighter penalty on Yoo because he turned himself last summer after Lee's match-fixing allegations first emerged.

Yoo received his suspended sentence in December.

Separately, the KBO handed down a 5 million won (US$4,290) fine on former KT Wiz player Kim Sang-hyun after he got booked for lewd conduct in public last July.

The Wiz had already placed him on the voluntarily retired list. Players on that list are ineligible to perform anywhere in the KBO without permission from their original club.

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