Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors ineligible for AFC Champions League 2017
18 January 2017
The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) independent Entry Control Body today declared that Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors (KOR) is ineligible to participate in AFC competitions for the 2017 season due to its indirect involvement in activities aimed at arranging or influencing the outcome of matches during the 2013 and 2014 K-League seasons.
Such indirect involvement was found to be in contravention of Article 11.8 of the Entry Manual for the AFC Club Competitions 2017-2020. As such, Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors (KOR) was deemed not to have met the sporting criteria to participate in the AFC Champions League 2017.
The Body subsequently ordered that Jeju United FC (KOR) shall be the third seed and Ulsan Hyundai (KOR) the fourth seed representing the Korea Football Association in the AFC Champions League 2017.
The Korea Football Association and all directly affected clubs, as well as all participating Member Associations and their affiliated clubs, have been notified of the decision.
The AFC will not make any further comment.