It is also China. This is due to controversy over judges’ decisions at the 2023 Asian Football Confederation Asian Cup, Asia’s best soccer festival. This is not necessarily controversial, but it should be viewed in terms of the fact that sports and soccer can also confirm the uncomfortable dynamics of the Korea-China relationship.
The referee controversy came because of the Chinese referee assigned to the Korean game and the Korean referee assigned to the Chinese game. First, we need to watch the first Group E match between Korea and Bahrain on the 15th.
Korea won 3-1 thanks to Lee Kang-in’s multiple goals. Korea won its first game thanks to Lee Kang-in’s multiple goals. However, it was regrettable. Five players were given yellow cards. Captain Son Heung-min (Tottenham Hotspur), Kim Min-jae (Bayern Munich), Cho Kyu-sung (Mitwhelan), Park Yong-woo (Al-Ain), and Lee Ki-je (Suwon) are among the key players in offense and defense. Even after a cool win, they have no choice but to feel uncomfortable. If they are given yellow cards, they will not be able to play in important tournaments. Players’ yellow cards will remain in the quarterfinals.
The referee of the match was Chinese Manning, and three Chinese players, including assistant referee Zhou Fei and Zhang Qing, were in charge of the match. Excessive warning to five Korean players could be controversial in itself, but the biggest reason was equity.
Although the foul intensity was relatively weak, a warning was issued when South Korea committed a crime, and Bahrain did not get a card even if it fouled in an area that was not related to rough tackles or balls. Son Heung-min and Lee Kang-in, the core of the attack, fell to the ground due to Bahrain’s strong physical fight, but the referee let it go. In the slow picture, there were clearly many intentional body movements.
However, the standard was different. Bahrain received only two warnings. As a result, spectators booed loudly when the player picked up the card after judging Son Heung-min’s fall scene just before the game ended.
The next match was against China. China played its second Group A match against Lebanon on Thursday, and tied the match 0-0. In the match, Korean referee Ko Hyung-jin was in charge of the referee, Park Sang-joon and Kim Kyung-min were in charge of the deputy referee, and Kim Jong-hyuk and Kim Hee-gon were in charge of VAR. Even before the match, there were already high voices of concern over retaliatory decisions in China. It was like a thief getting his feet on his feet. There was no referee’s decision that could be considered controversial in the match between China and Lebanon.
The Korean judges’ decision was neat. There was only one yellow card that Go Hyung-jin took out. However, it seems that the Chinese side is creating controversy. In the 14th minute of the first half, China’s Dai Yijun was hit in the face by a studded soccer shoes from Lebanon’s Karil Kamis, but he passed without a foul or a card. VAR also changed the decision.랭크카지노도메인
In response, Chinese media are attacking umpire Ko Hyung-jin for being biased, but even Chinese soccer legend Sun Ji-hai said, “I hit him in the face because of inertia while holding my feet. I didn’t hit him, but I couldn’t pull my feet out,” and even explained that it was not a situation where he would give me a card.
Regarding soccer, the relationship between Korea and China is becoming increasingly uncomfortable. The idea that China is no match is strong in Korea to the extent that the coined term ‘chronicity’. On the contrary, there is a strong perception that China should surpass Korea. In a way, Chinese soccer is closer to ‘timing’ and ‘jealousy’ than ‘fear’ toward Korean soccer.
In particular, the Korean soccer fans’ sentiment toward China has worsened due to the case of Son Joon-ho (Shandong Taishan), a midfielder of the Korean national team who has been detained by Chinese police since May last year on charges of being involved in corruption in the Chinese soccer community. The Korea Football Association dispatched the head of its management division and a lawyer to China, but there was no income. Since China’s judicial system is so closed, even specific allegations of Son Joon-ho are unknown, and the latest situation is unknown.
In fact, not only in soccer but also in other sports, Korea and China have often lost their emotions due to judgment. This is true just two years ago in the short track competition at the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics. As many Korean athletes were disqualified, many Koreans thought that the decision was in favor of China. At the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, it was the opposite. When Chinese athletes judged it unfavorably in short track speed skating, some in China said, “It is Korea’s territory.”
Geographically adjacent Korea and China have historically had good, bad, and good relations. Exchange between Korea and China has been conducted in various ways and is also the largest economic trading partner.
However, it is difficult to say that the recent relationship between Korea and China is good. In particular, the relationship between the United States and China is becoming more uncomfortable as Korea focuses on relations with the United States. In the past, China’s high-handed attitude toward Korea has worsened the image of China, and it has influenced the government’s diplomatic stance.
The principle of the sports world is that sports should be separated from the political agenda, but it is also different from the saying that it should not be viewed separately from political and social issues. Sports are also part of social phenomena and are affected by social agendas. There were wars because of soccer, and hostile relationships were resolved through sports. There is no need to expand and interpret issues from sports, but it is also important to understand them in many ways.
It is not appropriate to say that it is a controversy over the refereeing at the Asian Cup. The controversy was created by one side of China, which also gives a glimpse of the uncomfortable relationship between the two countries.
The problem is to exploit it. Especially, the misuse in sports is problematic. Any conspiracy theory coming out of China will not help the relationship between the two countries at all. There is no need for Korea to be sensitive to China’s absurd claims or fake news.