Former coach Choi Tae-wook (42), who was appointed as a national team coach assisting former national team coach Paulo Bento in 2018 and contributed to Korea’s advancement to the round of 16 at last year’s Qatar World Cup, has been indicted without detention, causing a shock.
According to the 9th Criminal Division of the Seoul Central District Prosecutors’ Office (Chief Prosecutor Kim Hyun-ah), former coach Choi is accused of breach of trust in that his agent Choi conspired to hand over money and valuables to Lee Jong-geol, former CEO of professional soccer K League 2 Ansan FC, and former coach Lim Jong-heon. .
The prosecution believed that former coach Choi’s charges included sufficient criminal activity and requested a formal trial.
The statutory penalty for breach of trust for providing a bribe for an improper favor is imprisonment for up to two years or a fine of up to 5 million won. However, former coach Choi escaped immediate arrest.
Former coach Choi, whose name was included in a major trend in Korean soccer history, is a soccer player with a familiar and friendly image to soccer fans.
He was a member of the semifinals of the 2002 Korea-Japan World Cup and also participated in the 2002 Busan Asian Games and the 2004 Athens Olympics.
After retiring from K-League 1 Ulsan Hyundai in 2014, he started as a youth scout for Ulsan and transformed into a leader, including as a youth coach for K-League 2 Seoul E-Land.
In 2018, he was appointed as the national team coach assisting former national team coach Paulo Bento, and contributed to Korea’s advancement to the round of 16 at last year’s World Cup in Qatar.
Former coach Choi Tae-wook was excluded from the work of the Korea Professional Football League’s Technical Research Group (TSG) on this day.
The Korea Football Association is also considering what to do with former coach Choi Tae-wook.
An official from the Football Association said, “If the prosecution reports misconduct, we will look at the indictment and decide whether or not to convene the Fair Trade Commission.” He explained.
Lee Jong-geol, former CEO of Ansan FC, and others were put on trial on charges of exchanging money or valuables in return for joining the club. [yunhap news]
Meanwhile, the prosecution brought Lee Jong-geol (61), former representative of K-League 2 Ansan Greeners FC, to trial on charges of exchanging money and valuables in return for joining a professional soccer club, along with former coach Choi.
The prosecution announced on the 13th that it had indicted former CEO Lee and the head of the club’s power reinforcement team, Mr. Bae, without detention on charges including breach of trust.
According to the prosecution, former CEO Lee is accused of having two players join the team from last year to this year and receiving 50 million won worth of Mercedes-Benz cars, Rolex watches, and cash from the players’ parents and agent Mr. Choi.
He is also accused of receiving 9 million won from former Ansan FC coach Lim Jong-heon (57, arrested and indicted) in exchange for his appointment as coach. Former coach Lim was also first arrested and indicted in July on charges of receiving 45 million won from Choi in exchange for joining a professional soccer team.안전놀이터
The prosecution confirmed that Choi colluded with Choi Tae-wook (42), former national team coach, in the process of handing money and valuables to Ansan FC, and also indicted former coach Choi without detention on charges of breach of trust.
Former coach Choi was investigated as a former coach of a player who was trying to join Ansan FC.
In this case, while the prosecution was reviewing Mr. Choi’s fraud case, which the police decided not to forward in May of this year, suspicious circumstances of money transactions between them were detected, and the full picture was revealed through a reinvestigation.
As a result of the investigation, the prosecution detected a systematic crime in which agents or parents of soccer players paid money and valuables to their managers in exchange for a soccer player’s entry into a professional team, and also provided money and valuables to the manager and representative of the professional team to which the soccer player would join. 10 people were sent to trial.
However, considering that players and their parents realistically have no choice but to comply with the agent’s requests or instructions, the prosecution did not file cases where there was room for them to be considered actual victims.
The prosecution recovered the proceeds of the crime through collection and preservation and notified the Korea Football Association of the related misconduct.
A prosecution official said, “We will do our best to maintain the prosecution so that the defendants who dismiss ‘player trading’ as a practice are punished commensurate with the crime.”