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S. Korean pro football players' union joins FIFPro

All Headlines 10:08 December 11, 2017

SEOUL, Dec. 11 (Yonhap) -- The South Korean professional footballers' union said Monday it has officially joined the top international players' association.

FIFPro Korea is now a candidate member of FIFPro, the only players' association recognized by FIFA representing more than 65,000 players worldwide. Along with FIFPro Korea, player unions from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kenya and Mexico acquired candidate membership during FIFPro's annual congress in Cairo, Egypt, last week.

FIFPro Korea said as a candidate member, it will have a vote in FIFPro's executive board meetings. It added it will strive to protect basic rights of South Korea professional players and also contribute to the sport's development in the nation.

FIFPro Korea was set up in June this year and became an incorporated association three months later, following the approval from the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.

Kim Han-sup, former player with the K League club Daejeon Citizen, is the president of FIFPro Korea. The board includes current Gangwon FC star Lee Keun-ho and retired Suwon Samsung Bluewings player Kwak Hee-ju.

In this file photo taken June 8, 2017, FIFPro members discuss the establishment of a football players association in South Korea at its Asian congress in Seoul. (Yonhap)

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