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Liverpool cancel Korea tour due to K-League match-fixing scandal - report

Liverpool have cancelled the South Korean leg of their Far-East pre-season tour due to “mitigating circumstances”.

The Reds had announced in April they would be playing games in China, Malaysia and Korea during July.

However, the club have now decided to cancel their July 19 date against Korean champions FC Seoul in the capital, which was to be the final match of the tour.

The club said on their official website the decision was due to mitigating circumstances and they now would be investigating a number of alternative options.

The timing of the match was set to cause problems for FC Seoul, who had a league game fixtured for two days earlier and a potential K-League Cup quarter-final on July 20.

However an official from FC Seoul told The Korea Times that discussions had broke down following the recent K-League match-fixing scandal.

“The discussions between us and Liverpool on having a friendly ground to a halt since the scandal overwhelmed the K-League,” said the official.

It was to be the first time Liverpool had visited Korea.

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