South Korea has adopted tougher punishments for those involved in professional sports match-fixing schemes in the wake of a football corruption scandal.

The Sports Ministry said on Tuesday that the maximum fine for those receiving or requesting kickbacks in return for rigging games in football, basketball, baseball and three other leagues has more than tripled to 50 million won ($44,680).

The maximum prison term of five years remains unchanged.

The ministry says those providing or offering kickbacks will also be punished by up to five years in prison or 50 million won in fines, up from up to two years in prison and 10 million in fines.

South Korean football has been hit by a match-fixing scandal, with more than 40 people convicted.

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