A FORMER Celtic player has slammed reports linking him to allegations of sexual abuse. 

Allegations have emerged in media outlets in South Korea of sexual abuse perpetrated against two then-schoolchildren by a footballer. 

Despite Ki Sung-yueng not being named by the accusers, the 32-year-old posted a statement to Instagram today, saying the allegations had "nothing to do with me".

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He went on to threaten the strongest possible action against people who would make "malicious comments" against him. 

It comes after the Seoul-based law firm Hyun Law detailing accusations made by two clients against a "star player who recently joined a club in the greater Seoul area", reports the Korea Times.

While there is no suggestion Ki is the person accused of the alleged crimes, he has been linked in reports by national media outlets.

In a statement seen by the site, which does not name the alleged perpetrators, Park Ji-hun, the clients' representative said: "The two younger players fell prey to these perpetrators because they were small and they were introverted.

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"Some 20 years after that, they still have vivid recollections of what happened then, and they're still traumatized by those memories.

"First and foremost, the victims want a sincere apology. The hurt inflicted on them has had a serious impact on their lives."

Ki made 66 appearances for the Parkhead side between 2010 and 2012. He later signed for Newcastle United and has been a member of the FC Seoul team since 2020.