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KBO investigating tip on match-fixing broker

All Headlines 09:03 June 07, 2018

SEOUL, June 7 (Yonhap) -- The Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) said Thursday it is looking into a tip that a player-turned-broker has approached some pitchers for match fixing.

According to multiple club officials, the KBO has alerted all 10 teams that the broker, a 20-something undrafted former player, has proposed fixing deals to some pitchers, whereby they could receive lump sums of cash for issuing walks.

Jeong Geum-jo, deputy secretary-general of the KBO and head of its Clean Baseball Center, said players have spoken with their team's respective Clean Baseball Center representatives regarding their knowledge of the broker and whether they have been approached by that person.

"Our players are well aware of the pitfalls of match fixing," Jeong added. "We're trying to confirm rumors of possible match-fixing attempts."

The KBO has dealt with match-fixing scandals in recent years, leading to convictions of the implicated players.

New Commissioner Chung Un-chan singled out transparency as one of his key objectives when he assumed the post in January this year, but the KBO's credibility took a beating last month, when nine of the 10 clubs were found to have engaged in illegal player-for-cash trades.

This undated file photo provided by the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) shows the KBO's headquarters in Seoul. (Yonhap)

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