Pepper Savings Bank Libero Oh Ji-young cannot continue playing against GS Caltex this season.
The Korean Volleyball Federation (KOVO) said on the 3rd, “The contents of the trade agreement between GS Caltex and Pepper Savings Bank (Oh Ji-young) apply to Articles 74 and 93 to 96 of the Korea Volleyball Federation Rules, which are transfer-related regulations, and these provisions It was initially approved under the confirmation that there was no regulation limiting the player’s ban from participating.”
Previously, GS Caltex received the first round nomination for the 2024-25 season rookie draft as a condition of trading Pepper Savings Bank and Oh Ji-young. The problem is after that. GS Caltex made the trade on the condition that Oh Ji-young not be sent to the 4th, 5th, and 6th rounds.
This became an issue as Oh Ji-young was caught in the warm-up zone along with an interview with Pepper Savings Bank acting coach Lee Kyung-soo before the 4th round match against GS Caltex.
When this fact became known, volleyball fans protested on the KOVO free bulletin board. One fan pointed out, “How is the idea of winning by preventing the opponent’s main player from playing in the game itself different from match fixing?”
At the time, the KOVO side explained through a phone interview with this magazine, “There was a similar case once in the past, and it was applied after judging that there was no problem after seeing the case.” However, the wave did not subside easily.
The agenda was passed on to the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism for an accurate judgment on the basic rights and fairness of the players.
Regarding this, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism said, “According to Article 4, Paragraph 3 of the Professional Sports Standard Contract, ‘the player’s inability to participate in the match exclusion agreement between clubs’ is not explicitly stipulated as a reason for prohibiting discrimination, but if the player’s rights and interests are infringed or the club It is believed that there are factors that hinder fair competition between the two countries, so it is recommended to prepare institutional measures for improvement, such as the establishment of a ban on the case in the federation rules.” 스포츠토토
KOVO added, “In the case of Oh Ji-young, the two clubs signed an agreement and traded based on the current KOVO regulations, so it is difficult to retroactively apply the new regulations that will be supplemented in the future.”
In addition, he said, “Based on the recommendation of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism to prepare an authoritative interpretation and institutional improvement plan, we will discuss with all men’s and women’s clubs after the season, protect players’ rights and interests, and supplement related regulations in the direction of fair competition between clubs.”
On the 3rd, an official from the club who spoke to the magazine on the phone also said, “It is the same that Oh Ji-young could not come out in the 5th and 6th rounds. Since the game is held immediately on Sunday, it seems that he informed the results quickly.” “After the season, the whole club gathered together I think we will go in the direction of improving the regulations.”
Meanwhile, the 5th round match between Pepper Savings Bank and GS Caltex will be held at Jangchung Gymnasium at 4:00 pm on the 5th.