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3 baseball clubs fined for giving money to umpire

All Headlines 18:27 November 28, 2017

SEOUL, Nov. 28 (Yonhap) -- Three South Korean baseball clubs were fined by their league office on Tuesday for giving money to an umpire.

The Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) fined the Samsung Lions, the Nexen Heroes and the Kia Tigers 10 million won (US$9,230) each after their employees wired cash to umpire Choi Kyu-soon in 2012 and 2013. Choi, who has been indicted on gambling and fraud charges, left the KBO after the end of the 2013 season.

A former Samsung employee gave Choi 4 million won in 2013. An ex-Nexen executive paid Choi 3 million won in 2013. Two current employees of the Tigers each gave Choi 1 million won in 2012 and 2013.

Financial transactions of any kind between umpires and club employees are strictly prohibited.

The three clubs were penalized for their lack of oversight. The two Kia employees, who remain with the team, were each fined 1 million won for their infraction.

In this file photo taken on Sept. 1, 2017, Choi Kyu-soon (C), a former baseball umpire accused of taking money from professional clubs, speaks to reporters before attending a hearing on his arrest warrant at Seoul Central District Court. (Yonhap)


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