Son Jun-ho (31, Shandong), who is playing in China as a member of the Qatar World Cup, was found to have been detained for investigation into a club bribery-related incident, not match-fixing.
The Korean Embassy in China said on the 15th, “We understand that the public security authorities in China’s Liaoning Province are investigating Son Jun-ho while he is in custody.”
Reuters also reported, citing an official from the Korean Embassy in Beijing, that Son Jun-ho has been under investigation by the authorities in a state of “criminal detention” since the 12th.
Chinese media reported that there is a high possibility that Shandong players, including Son Jun-ho, are being investigated for misconduct, including match-fixing by coach Hao Wei. However, it was revealed that Son Jun-ho was detained in relation to bribery, not match-fixing.
Agent Son Jun-ho said in a phone call with Xports News on the 15th, “Son Jun-ho was caught in connection with bribery. (Hao Wei) former coach was arrested on the same charge and we are looking into whether it is related.” I think he will be released in time. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Korean Embassy in China are also cooperating.” 안전놀이터
Regarding the situation before Son Jun-ho’s detention, he said, “Son Jun-ho’s family was staying in China together and tried to return to Korea for personal reasons. “I was going to come with them. I had also purchased a round-trip ticket to China,” he said. “At the same time, the authorities ordered Son Jun-ho to be suspended from leaving the country. After Son Jun-ho passed immigration inspection, he was caught by the public security in front of the boarding gate.” did.
The Korea Football Association also said through Xports News, “We have been in contact with Son Jun-ho’s parents. Currently, we are detained by the authorities for reasons such as club misconduct.”