South Korean footballer Son Jun-ho has been arrested in China on suspicion of accepting bribes, China’s Foreign Ministry announced on Tuesday.
Wang Wenbin, a spokesman for the ministry, said Son had been detained “recently” and was being investigated.
South Korean media reported that the 31-year-old midfielder was arrested at Shanghai airport on Friday.
The South Korean consulate in the provincial capital of Shenyang has been notified of Son’s detention and granted access to the player, as required by the international treaty.
Son’s detention comes as China grapples with corruption and match-fixing among coaches, team owners, referees and government sports officials.
son moved to China in 2021
Son moved to China to play for Shandong Taishan in 2021. The club won the Chinese Football League – the top tier of professional football – that year.
Shandong Taishan has not officially spoken about the case, but the club posted a message on its official Weibo account on the day of his arrest wishing him a happy birthday.
Son has played for South Korea at least 18 times, including at the World Cup in Qatar last year.