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Korean Soccer Player Banned After Displaying Political Message

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Dec. 3 (Bloomberg) -- South Korea’s Jongwoo Park received a two-game ban from soccer’s governing body over a political message he displayed during his team’s win in a bronze medal match against Japan at the London Olympics.

FIFA also ordered Park to pay a 3,500 Swiss franc ($3,783) fine after its disciplinary panel ruled he violated rules on sporting behavior. Park carried a banner that supported the sovereignty of a group of islands that is disputed between Korea and Japan.

“The committee took into account that the behavior of the player, even though it appears not to have been premeditated or intentional, contradicts the principal idea and goal of sportsmanship and fair play, and therefore, cannot be tolerated,” FIFA said in a statement.

The Zurich-based body also warned the Korean Football Association sanctions will be harsher should the incident be repeated.

To contact the reporter on this story: Tariq Panja in London at tpanja@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Tariq Panja at tpanja@bloomberg.net

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