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Gyeongnam striker suspended, accused of knowingly transmitting sexually transmitted diseases

Yun Ju-tae answers questions from the press at a press conference held in March 2016 at the Jinan Olympic Sports Center Stadium in Jinan, China. (JOINT PRESS CORPS)

Gyeongnam FC has suspended striker Yun Ju-tae due to an ongoing prosecutor’s investigation into accusations that he knowingly transmitted a sexually transmitted disease (STD).

“We are aware of the situation and have immediately suspended the player,” the club said on social media on Tuesday.

Yun was accused of having sexual intercourse with the woman despite knowing she had a sexually transmitted disease and could transmit it.

The club said the incident occurred last year, before Yun returned to the club, but it plans to take strict measures based on the investigation’s findings.

“We sincerely apologise to all fans,” the club said in a statement.

In May, the Siheung Police Station in Gyeonggi County detained Yun without arrest and referred the case to prosecutors.

The investigation was launched after a woman with whom he had a sexual relationship filed a lawsuit against him in December last year.

Police charged Yun with wilful neglect and referred the case to prosecutors.

Under Korean law, if a person who is knowingly infected with a sexually transmitted disease engages in sexual intercourse without informing their partner, they can be charged with causing bodily harm.

The K League is also considering establishing a disciplinary committee to deal with the matter.

Making his professional debut with German club FSV Frankfurt in 2011, Yun has played in the K League since 2014, representing FC Seoul, Gyeongnam FC and Ansan Greeners. He returned to Gyeongnam FC for the 2024 season.

BY WOO JI-WON ([email protected])