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Veteran Suwon midfielder released from club after drunk driving

All Headlines 11:49 January 04, 2019

SEOUL, Jan. 4 (Yonhap) -- South Korean football club Suwon Samsung Bluewings said Friday they've released midfielder Kim Eun-sun following drunk driving charges against the player.

Suwon said they held a disciplinary committee meeting on Thursday and decided to terminate their contract with Kim for violating club rules and damaging the club's image. The four-time K League 1 champions also apologized for his misconduct.

According to Suwon, Kim was involved in a car accident in Seoul on Dec. 28, and police found that he had been driving under the influence of alcohol. Kim immediately reported the DUI case to Suwon.

"Kim is a good player and made big contribution to this team, but we decided to mete out a heavy punishment against him considering social responsibility and ethics," the club said. "We apologize to fans for the misconduct and will try to prevent such cases happening in the future."

Kim, 30, made his pro debut in 2011 with Gwangju FC and joined Suwon in 2014. He was Suwon's captain last season.

Kim was selected for the South Korean national team between 2014 and 2015 but failed to make his international debut.

This file photo taken May 9, 2018, shows Suwon Samsung Bluewings midfielder Kim Eun-sun (C, rear) kicking the ball during an AFC Champions League round of 16 match against Ulsan Hyundai FC in Ulsan. (Yonhap)

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