South Korea's Red Devils drop sponsorship deals

The Red Devils, an fans' organisation supporting the South Korea national football team, announced it will no longer accept financial support from companies and will cut back on large-scale rallies which require bigs sums to organise. Any money will be donated to worthy causes, the Red Devils said. The decision was in response to criticism that the 100,000 member group has commercialised its activities. "We can't stand the criticism over commercialism. As a result, we are trying to return to a time when it was operated in a small way, " Secretary Kim Jung-yun told the Korea Times.

The Red Devils signed a sponsorship with the KTF, a mobile phone company, prior to the 2006 World Cup in Germany.