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(LEAD) FC Seoul midfielder faces discipline after DUI

All Headlines 14:45 December 07, 2018

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SEOUL, Dec. 7 (Yonhap) -- A South Korean football player who concealed drunk driving charges is set to face disciplinary action from the pro football league, officials here said Friday.

The K League said FC Seoul midfielder Lee Sang-ho will receive punishment from the disciplinary committee after he hid his misconduct and played matches in the K League 1.

"The K League disciplinary committee will soon convene a meeting to discuss the penalty against Lee," an official at the K League said.

Lee, 31, was indicted for driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol in September after the police caught him with a blood alcohol content level of 0.178 percent. He later received a four-month prison sentence suspended for two years from a local court.

This file photo taken July 22, 2018, shows FC Seoul midfielder Lee Sang-ho during a K League 1 match against Incheon United in Incheon. (Yonhap)

But Lee, a veteran who has played more than 300 league matches, apparently didn't report his DUI charges to the club and played five matches even after his conviction.

The K League said it initially handed a 60-day suspension to Lee ahead of the discipline committee meeting. Under K League rules, the league office can suspend a player found guilty of misconduct for up to 60 days before the discipline committee officially metes out a punishment.

The 2018 K League 1 season is not over for Seoul as they are currently engaged in a promotion-relegation playoff with Busan IPark FC. Seoul will play the second leg of the playoff at home on Sunday after winning the first leg 3-1 on Thursday.

The club said they will also mete out disciplinary action against Lee regardless of the K League punishment.

Lee made his pro debut in 2006 with Ulsan Hyundai. He played for Suwon Samsung Bluewings before moving to Seoul in 2017. He played one match for the South Korean national team in 2009.

kdon@yna.co.kr
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