Lifestyle & Belief

South Korean footballers to take lie detector test

South Korea's football league is introducing lie-detector tests to battle corruption in the sport. The country’s professional league said Monday it would double player’s wages in a bid to curb corruption.

The K-League said it would raise the annual minimum wage from 12 million won ($11,350) to 24 million won starting next year, and provide a pension, according to the Bangkok Post. The current minimum is less than half the national average income.

Polygraphs -- or lie detectors – are already used in Singapore to prevent match-fixing. Teams involved in fixing matches will be relegated or lose points and the right to play in the Asian Champions League.

Last week 57 people were charged with involvement in match-fixing in South Korea. Of the total, 46 were current and former players and 11 criminal gang members and gambling brokers.

Players from six teams are now under investigation, and prosecutors say players made deliberate mistakes in at least 15 matches last year. Ten players have so far been given lifetime bans.

There will also be a series of seminars on preventing corruption. It will compulsory to attend the seminars and any player who misses them will be suspended, the BBC says.