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South Korean Soccer Players to Undergo Polygraph Tests

Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images(SEOUL, South Korea) -- In an effort to combat athletic scandals and match-fixing, the South Korean soccer league is introducing lie-detector tests.  

Prosecutors allege that some of K-League's (Korea Professional Football League) top athletes have fixed games for their personal gain, taking bribes to make intentional mistakes in at least 15 games in the last year.

Players on six of the teams are currently under investigation, but K-League officials say that from now on all players suspected of corrupt or unethical actions will be subject to a polygraph test.

K-League says it will also suspend players who do not attend a new series of seminars on preventing corruption in the sport.  Sanctions will be imposed for teams or players guilty of fixing matches, according to BBC News.

But K-League is not only taking disciplinary action to deter corruption. The league says it will double the current player minimum salary of 12 million won ($11,350) to 24 million won as an incentive to keep the sport clean, according to Korea JoongAng Daily, a South Korean newspaper.

As of now, 46 athletes and 11 gambling brokers have been charged in connection to fixed matches, reports BBC News.  Ten players have already been banned from the league for life.

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