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FC Seoul midfielder slapped with 15-game suspension, fine for DUI

All Headlines 19:08 December 12, 2018

SEOUL, Dec. 12 (Yonhap) -- A South Korean football player who concealed drunk driving charges was slapped with a 15-game suspension by the pro football league on Wednesday.

The K League discipline committee said FC Seoul midfielder Lee Sang-ho will be suspended for 15 games and will have to pay a fine of 15 million won (US$13,280) for his misconduct.

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.

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.

After finding out about his DUI, FC Seoul requested that the league approve their decision to place Lee on the voluntarily retired list, citing that the player damaged the club's image and reputation. The K League will mete out its ruling on that issue on Monday.

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

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