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Caught in the midst of a bullying scandal, South Korean volleyball twins Lee Jae-yeong and Lee Da-yeong controversially sign for Greek club

The twins loved profitable volleyball careers, representing South Korea in worldwide competitions, till they have been anonymously accused of bullying earlier teammates at their faculty.

After the allegations surfaced in February, they publicly apologized on their Instagram accounts, which have since been deleted. Both additionally mentioned that they wished to satisfy with their former schoolmates to apologize for their actions.

However, the twins mentioned in a TV interview with Korean Broadcasting System (KBS) in July that they have been suing the alleged victims for defamation as a result of the claims included “lies and false info.”

Jae-yeong and Da-yeong have been launched by club facet Incheon Heungkuk Life Insurance Pink Spiders in June when followers protested towards the Pink Spiders’ try to register the sisters on the roster.

Fans despatched vehicles with mounted LED screens displaying statements that learn “Comeback of the faculty bullies that everybody besides Heungkuk Life Insurance is towards” to a number of areas, together with the Heungkuk Life Insurance firm headquarters in Seoul.

In February, the Pink Spiders had confirmed it might droop the pair for an indefinite quantity of time, whereas the Korea Volleyball Association (KVA) dropped them from the nationwide staff forward of the Tokyo Olympics.

With free-agent standing, the sisters selected to proceed their volleyball careers in Greece.

The gamers wanted International Transfer Certificates (ITCs) issued by the KVA to switch to a global club, however the affiliation sternly refused, citing its personal regulation which limits worldwide transfers of those that have severely broken the volleyball group or brought about public controversy with “disgraceful acts.”

“We instructed Federation Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) and the Greek staff that we can’t agree with the [twins’] worldwide switch based on our regulation that gamers who brought about public controversy can’t switch internationally,” the KVA instructed CNN.

The KVA mentioned it had acquired two messages from the FIVB asking for a checking account quantity to obtain the solidarity price from the twin sisters’ switch.

When South Korean volleyball gamers switch to a global club, the affiliation receives 5% to 10% of the wage from the buying club.

“We did not present our checking account info as a result of we won’t obtain the price,” the affiliation mentioned. “This will not be a matter of cash.”

As the KVA maintained its stance till the given deadline, the FIVB confirmed to CNN that it has formally issued ITCs for the twins “as per the procedures underneath the FIVB Sports Regulations that permit ITCs to be authorized with out the consent of the National Federation.”

The KVA additionally confirmed Jae-yeong and Da-yeong’s switch to PAOK Thessaloniki. PAOK didn’t reply to CNN’s request for remark.

Turkish sports activities company CAAN Sports Organisations described the transfer as “historic,” including that the twins can be the first Korean feminine gamers to compete in the Greek A1 class.
However, one of the alleged victims mentioned in a TV interview with Korean broadcasting station MBC on Tuesday that she felt powerless that the sisters are heading to Greece whereas the bullying scandal stays unresolved. Her face was not proven and her voice was altered to protect her anonymity.
The South Korean public additionally raged about the information. “Was it that troublesome to apologize sincerely?” one wrote on Twitter.
“Can we simply ban them from coming again? They’re operating away with out even apologizing for faculty bullying,” one other fan wrote.

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