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(LEAD) KBO asks police to investigate tip on match-fixing broker

All Headlines 11:38 June 07, 2018

(ATTN: CHANGES headline, lead; UPDATES with police investigation)

SEOUL, June 7 (Yonhap) -- The Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) said Thursday it has asked the police to investigate a tip that a player-turned-broker has approached pitchers to fix matches.

In a press statement, the KBO said it received the anonymous tip in early May that the broker, a 20-something undrafted former player, was on the prowl and was looking to engage pitchers in fixing schemes.

And after its own preliminary investigation, the KBO asked the police on May 18 to launch its own probe.

The KBO said that the teams have finished their interviews with players and haven't found any problems related to match fixing. The league office added it can't comment further on which player and club are suspected of involvement, since the police are now looking into the matter.

According to multiple club officials earlier Thursday, the KBO has alerted all 10 teams that the broker 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 teams' 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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