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South Korean Footballer Detained in China: National Team Player in Legal Trouble

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China reports that South Korean footballer Jun-Ho Soo is in police custody in the country’s northeast on charges of bribery.

According to the Chinese Foreign Ministry, on Tuesday the national team midfielder was detained “on suspicion of accepting bribes from non-governmental officials.”

Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said, without elaborating, that the police would “provide the necessary facilities for South Korean diplomats to carry out their consular duties.”

Son has been wearing the colors of Chinese club Shandong Taishan since 2021 and has featured in three of South Korea’s four matches at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Chinese website Sina Sports reported that the 31-year-old was suspended on Friday, the same day, from posting his club on the official Weibo page, wishing him a happy birthday.

South Korean news agency Yonhap reported, citing a diplomatic source, that Song “was interrogated by public security officials in Liaoning Province during his detention.”

Sun’s suspension follows a series of corruption investigations in recent months targeting the chairman of the China Football Association and other officials.

Source: AFP.

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