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By ESPN Staff
Nov 2, 2006

Ref rage Korean banished to an orphanage

SEOUL, Nov 2 (Reuters) - Temperamental South Korean striker Lee Chun-soo has been ordered to spend three days working at a welfare centre for orphans or the disabled by his K-League club Ulsan as punishment for abusing a referee last month.

Lee has already been fined 4 million won (US$4,200) and banned for six matches by Korea's football authorities for using abusive language and pushing a referee after being sent off in a match on Oct. 22.

'We've come to the conclusion of ordering him to take responsibility for his misconduct with the community service,' the K-League club said in a press release.

'His deed really disappointed fans and tarnished our club's honour.'

Lee apologised to the referee shortly after the match and regretted his actions, Ulsan officials said.

The diminutive forward is a controversial figure in conservative South Korea, where his fiery temper and outlandish hairstyles put him in the media spotlight.

He also hit the headlines with his book 'The Hidden Story of the World Cup' after the 2002 finals, co-hosted by Korea and Japan, which contained unflattering passages about team mates and former coach Guus Hiddink.