IOC opens case on SKorea soccer player for banner

December 5, 2012 - 3:34 PM
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FILE - This is a Friday, Aug. 10, 2012 file photo of South Korea's Park Jong-woo as he holds up a banner reading "Dokdo is our Territory," referring to the largely uninhabited islets, midway between South Korea and Japan, after his team won their bronze medal men's soccer match against Japan, at the 2012 London Summer Olympics, at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales. Rark Jong-woo who raised political tensions with Japan by displaying a political sign at the London Olympics after the countries' bronze-medal match was banned for two World Cup qualifying matches on Monday Dec. 3, 2012. FIFA said Park Jong-woo was guilty of unsporting behavior which "cannot be tolerated," and formally warned the Korea Football Association. (AP Photo/Jon Super, File)

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The IOC says it has opened a disciplinary case against a South Korea soccer player who displayed a political banner after his team beat Japan in the London Games bronze-medal match.

The Olympic body must decide if Park Jong-woo will receive the medal it has withheld from him since Aug. 10.

IOC President Jacques Rogge says it has formed a disciplinary commission "to look at the issue."

This week, FIFA suspended Park for two matches after finding him guilty of "unsporting behavior (which) cannot be tolerated."

After South Korea beat Japan 2-0 at Cardiff, Park displayed a sign in national colors with the slogan "Dokdo is our territory" to support sovereignty over islets that Japan also claims in a decades-old dispute.

The IOC and FIFA prohibit on-field political statements.