22 Jul

LG's Lee Ik-woong hits a sacrifice fly to tie the game in the eighth inning during the baseball game between LG Twins and Kiwoom Heroes of the 2021 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League at Gocheok Sky Dome in Guro-gu, Seoul, South Korea, on June 17, 2021.

Police have summoned LG Twins player Lee Ik-woong, 34, for an investigation into suspected illegal gambling.

According to a News1 report on June 21, the Gwangjin Police Station in Seoul summoned Lee the day before to investigate him on suspicion of gambling. Through the investigation, the police reportedly specified the number of times Lee gambled and the specific amounts he gambled.

The police recently traced Lee's account and found that he used someone else's account to gamble online. Lee allegedly gave coercive instructions to his junior to send money to illegal internet gambling sites.

Police are expected to hand Lee over to prosecutors as early as next week.

The Korean Baseball Organization (KBO) had previously requested an investigation into Lee in March after receiving a report that "a player from a metropolitan area team had engaged in illegal gambling online."

Lee, who denied the allegations of illegal gambling, admitted to the club on April 12 and turned himself in on April 14. Following the controversy, 스포츠토토 LG removed Lee from the first team roster on April 6 and posted an apology on the club's website.

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