Former and current players of the K League 1’s Ulsan Hyundai came under fire for racist remarks on social networking services (SNS), and the issue was raised again in a national audit for the first time in more than four months.
Lee Byung-hoon, a Democratic Party of Korea lawmaker on the National Assembly’s Culture, Sports and Tourism Committee, called Cho Yeon-sang, secretary general of the Korea Football Association, as a witness during a national audit of the Korea Sports Federation and the Korea Sports Promotion Organization on June 24 and pointed out that the incident ended with “cotton-batting discipline.
“The KFA held a punishment committee in June and decided to impose a one-game suspension on the three players involved in the incident, as well as a sanction of 15 million won and a sanction of 30 million won on the club,” Lee said, asking, “Compared to the punishment regulations, isn’t the current discipline too light?” On June 11, Lee Kyu-sung, Jeong Seung-hyun and others were discussing the matter on Lee Myung-jae’s Instagram account when Sasalak Hyprakorn, a Thai player who played for Jeonbuk Hyundai, was mentioned in passing.
Park Yong-woo, who currently plays for Al Ain (United Arab Emirates), mockingly wrote, “Sasalak’s form is crazy,” while Lee Kyu-sung wrote, “Southeast Asian quarterback is reliable. Football fans criticized the use of Sasalak’s real name as racist, saying it came from players teasing each other about Lee Myung-jae’s dark skin color.
Lee Kyu-sung, Lee Myung-jae, and Park Yong-woo were disciplined for the first time for racism in the K League, which was founded in 1983.According to the federation’s rules, players who engage in racist behavior can be suspended for more than 10 games or fined more than 10 million won.
The federation applied the latter of the two conditions with a fine of more than 10 million won, adding a suspension to the punishment. The federation said it referenced overseas disciplinary cases for expressions with inherent discriminatory connotations.
Lee said, “One of the reasons why the disciplinary action was taken lightly is that the president of the KFA (Kwon Oh-gap) is the owner of Ulsan Hyundai. Can the owner guarantee fairness in disciplining his players?” To which Cho explained, “The penalty committee is an independent organization, separate from the secretariat and the president.”
The lawmaker also pointed out that the suspensions took effect immediately after the federation’s decision, meaning that the higher authority, the Korea Football Association, did not have a chance to see if the action was appropriate. After the punishment was handed down on June 22, the players served their punishment by missing a home game against Daegu FC on June 24. They returned for the next regular season game on July 2 against Gwangju FC.
Lee said, “The Korea Football Association is in charge of disciplinary matters for its member organizations. It has the authority to investigate and supervise whether the discipline was carried out properly and to review it when it is challenged,” Lee said. “However, the federation carried out the discipline in one day, which neutralized the authority of the higher body.” “It’s a cotton-batting, self-disciplining, fast-tracking approach to disciplinary action that has 토토사이트 been accused of protecting its own players.