Korean Olympic team captain Hong Jeong-Ho implicated in K-League match-fixing scandal

The 2010 K-League draft number one pick is being investigated by prosecutors regarding corruption but insists he is innocent of any wrongdoing

Nine-times Korea international defender Hong Jeong-Ho is the latest high-profile footballer to be implicated in the K-League match-fixing scandal.

Jeju United defender Hong, who is the captain of Korea's Olympic team, has been questioned by prosecutors investigating the widening scandal.

The 21-year-old sat out Jeju's league match against Gangwon on the weekend.

"Hong told us last Friday that he had nothing to do with the case," said a K-League official to Yonhap News.

"For the time being, we told Jeju to keep him on the bench."

Jeju United spokesman Kim Dong-Nam told AFP that Hong denied any wrongdoing.

However, prosecutors have said they believe Jong was involved in Jeju's 5-1 loss to FC Seoul last year.

Last week, former national team forward Choi Sung-Kuk, who is currently with Suwon Bluewings, came forward about his connection to the scandal.

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