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IOC withholds SKorean footballer's Olympic medal until political protest case is judged

08/12/2012 07:49 EDT | Updated 10/12/2012 05:12 EDT
LONDON - The International Olympic Committee is withholding a bronze medal from a South Korean football player until disciplinary cases are completed after he displayed a political sign while celebrating a victory against Japan.

The IOC told South Korea to bar Park Jong-woo from the medal ceremony at Wembley Stadium on Saturday.

IOC President Jacques Rogge says football's governing body FIFA must first decide on possible sanctions, and that "we will take a possible decision of what will happen with the medal later."

After South Korea won on Friday, Park displayed a sign with the national flag and a slogan supporting sovereignty over disputed islets that Japan also claims.

The IOC and FIFA prohibit on-field political statements.

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