Top level discussions reported on possible expulsion of a K-League club

Sangmu Phoenix, the South Korean military football club playing in the country's professional K-League, could be expelled or relegated to a proposed new second division because of the ongoing match-fixing scandal plaguing the the Korea Football Association.

The team's coach was arrested this week for allegedly accepting money from the parents of a player to keep quiet about their son's role in the corruption scandal.

"We're considering leaving Sangmu off the K-League next season," an official from the military's athletics division told Yonhap news agency. "But we're not looking into forcing Sangmu to stop accepting professional athletes altogether."

The K-League denied it had yet made a decision to penalise the club, saying: "We're not yet at a point where we have to come up with (such punitive) measures."

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