The four pairs – two from South Korea, one from China and one from Indonesia – had been sanctioned by the Badminton World Federation for ‘not using one’s best efforts to win a match’ and ‘conducting oneself in a manner that is clearly abusive or detrimental to the sport’.

It means half of the teams for this afternoon’s quarter-finals are no longer eligible.

The match between China’s Yu Yang and Wang Xiaoli – the world doubles champions – and South Koreans Jung Kyung-eun and Kim Ha-na descended into farce when players started making deliberate mistakes, including serving into the net.

As the crowd booed and jeered, referee Thorsten Berg was forced on to the court to warn the players, but it had little effect.

Both pairs were already through to the quarter-finals and South Korea eventually won 21-14, 21-11.

Korea’s coach Sung Han-kook said: ‘The Chinese started this. They did it first.

‘It’s a complicated thing with the draws. They didn’t want to meet each other in the semi-final, they don’t want that to happen.’

The problem was repeated in the next women’s doubles between South Korea’s Ha Jung-eun and Kim Min-jung and Indonesia’s Meiliana Jauhari and Greysia Polii.

Berg was forced on to the court again, this time disqualifying the players – although the decision was rescinded when the Indonesians protested.

The South Koreans won 18-21, 21-14, 21-12.




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