Coach Jurgen Klinsmann of the national soccer team embraced Park Yong-woo (Ulsan Hyundai) and promised to help him grow.먹튀검증
The national soccer team led by coach Klinsman lost 0-1 to Peru held at Busan Asiad Main Stadium at 8:00 pm on the 16th. Coach Klinsman, who took the helm last March, failed to win his first win in three matches (one draw and two losses).
On this day, coach Klinsman appointed Park Yong-woo, who has a ‘racism controversy’. In the 27th minute of the second half, Won Doo-jae, who started as a defensive midfielder, was unable to play, and coach Klinsman took out the Park Yong-woo card.
After the game, coach Klinsman said, “I had no choice but to replace it momentarily. The original was damaged and had to be replaced. I know what happened before the convocation. When he convened, he watched the posture, appearance, and attitude positively,” he explained.
Park Yong-woo, who was called by head coach Klinsmann, made his senior national team debut against Peru. However, there is a reason why the question of appointment arose. Because there is a controversy about racial discrimination.
Park Yong-woo left a racist comment on his teammate Lee Myung-jae’s Instagram post on the 11th. Regarding Lee Myung-jae’s good performance against Jeju United the previous day, Park Yong-woo wrote, “The sasalak form is crazy.” It compared Lee Myung-jae, who has dark skin, to a ‘Southeast Asian’. Moreover, writing the name of Sasalak, who played an active part in Jeonbuk Hyundai in the past, was bound to be regarded as racial discrimination.
Some argued for disqualification from the national team. There was a loud voice saying that the player who had been racially discriminated against was not entitled to play with the Taegeuk mark. Coach Klinsman allowed Park Yong-woo to play even though he knew of his wrongdoing.
“Everyone makes mistakes,” Klinsman said. Especially young people make more mistakes. It is also our role to give advice when they make mistakes,” he said. “I think it is my role to give advice to players when they make mistakes and help them grow as human beings.” He also added that he went to training with a sincere attitude.
A national team is more than just a player who is the best soccer player in a country. As much as representing the country, everyday behavior and character are also important factors.
There is some truth in criticizing Park Yong-woo and claiming that he should be disqualified from the national team, but coach Klinsman first cared for him. He also showed his will to help Park Yong-woo grow not only as a player but also as a human being.
Meanwhile, the Korea Professional Football Federation will hold a reward and punishment committee for Park Yong-woo and others on the 22nd. Park Yong-woo could be suspended for up to 10 games and fined more than 10 million won.