Twins Lee Jae-yeong and Lee Da-yeong, were spotted Saturday night at Incheon International Airport for a flight to Greece with their mother. They are leaving to join a Greek volleyball club named PAOK Thessaloniki.
Lee Jae-yeong and Lee Da-yeong stayed silent and did not respond to reporters’ questions until passing through immigration, and their mother was spotted calling the twins to “keep your head up” and “pull yourself together.”
The twins’ departure was approved earlier after the Federation Internationale de Volleyball issued an International Transfer Certificate for the players. They obtained their work visas for Greece last week after undergoing an interview at the Embassy of Greece in Seoul.
The international volleyball federation overrode Korea Volleyball Association’s decision to not grant the ITC, which is required to make an international transfer.
The Korean volleyball authority refused to grant the ITC citing its rules on prohibiting international transfers to players who have committed violence, sexual harassment, rigged game results or evaded military service.
The ITC granted by the FIVB for the twins is valid until May 31.
The sisters, who used to be the biggest stars in the women’s V-League in Korea, were suspended in February for physically, verbally and emotionally bullying their former school teammates. They have been suspended from their club the Heungkuk Life Insurance Pink Spiders.
The Lees have also been indefinitely banned from the Korean national team and are barred from ever holding coaching positions in the country.
They have been gaining attention again recently after Lee Da-yeong’s ex-husband alleged he was physically and verbally abused during their marriage. Lee Da-yeong denied the allegation, refuting that it was her ex-husband who made unreasonable demands in filing for divorce.
Attention was centered whether the sisters will make a statement on their scandal before leaving for Greece, but the two players made no comment. People have demanded the Lees sincerely before exiting Korea.
But the sisters told Yonhap News Agency in a phone call prior to their departure that they regret what they did and are willing to take responsibility for their “wrongful actions.”
At PAOK, the Lees are believed to be paid just one-sixth of what they received from Pink Spiders. While at the Korean club, Lee Jae-yeong was reported to have received 400 million won a year in salary and another 200 million won in bonuses, while Lee Da-yeong received 300 million won in salary and 100 million won in bonuses.
It is not known when the sisters will start playing official matches for PAOK. The Greek volleyball league started on Oct. 9.
By Ko Jun-tae (firstname.lastname@example.org)Internet Explorer Channel Network