‘Match-fixing amnesty’ that touched soccer fans… Practicing the footballer’s charter of ‘helping each other and living’? [Let’s meet Kim Dong-hwan’s reporter Kim]
- on Apr 22, 2023
‘We are a football family. Help each other as a football family.’ (Help each other as a football family) This
is the ninth item written on the signboard of the ‘Soccer Charter’ in the lobby on the 1st floor of the Soccer Hall in Jongno-gu, Seoul, where the Korea Football Association is located. The charter consists of 10 items, such as doing one’s best to win, playing fair, and rejecting corruption and discrimination. Among them, the strong criticism from fans that the item ‘football family helps each other and lives’ is interpreted in an ambiguous way is not irrelevant to the recent actions of the Football Association. This is because on the 28th of last month, it was decided to pardon 100 former and incumbent players, including former and incumbent players stained by match-fixing misconduct, but withdrew after three days after facing a headwind. It led to criticism of a ‘quick pardon’, and eventually led to the resignation of the vice chairman and all board members, except for Chairman Mong-gyu Chung. As an institution representing Korean soccer both internally and externally, it is still simmering that it is a behavior that is far from the status of managing Korean soccer administration and member organizations.
◆ Decision on amnesty that touched ‘yeokrin’
The pardon decision, which included a player involved in match-fixing, touched the ‘yeokrin’ of domestic professional soccer (K League) fans. There are not a few fans who vividly remember the impact of the scandal that shook the football world in 2011 for more than 10 years, but the general opinion is that it was like re-exposing the wound.
The red devils of the national football team’s cheering squad issued a statement immediately after the amnesty decision and said, “It was the K-League and Korean football that grew up little by little with the heart of building a tower with hard work.” ”he set the day.
On the 1st and 2nd, in the stands of national stadiums where K-League matches were held, hangers with phrases such as “Fans are not dogs or pigs,” “Why does the association forgive,” and “Match-fixing deaths” were hung.
One agent pointed out, “I can sort this situation out by saying that I took care of my colleague.” He pointed out that “The Football Association is not an individual organization, but an organization entrusted with the authority and role for the development of Korean football.”
◆ ‘Front line footballers’ offer tolerance?
Questions are also raised about the statement of the Football Association that announced the withdrawal of the amnesty. Criticism about who the ‘front-line footballer’ was pointed out as the subject of the proposal in the entrance statement, ‘I have sufficiently reflected and paid the price for my sins, so how about showing tolerance’, is coming up one after another in the online community. Negative reactions continued, such as “Wouldn’t it really안전놀이터 be to protect my family?”
Previously, Chairman Chung said in a statement announcing the withdrawal of the amnesty on the 31st of last month that he did not accept such a proposal from’frontline footballers’, but “I thought it was a more important time to advance the prevention system and faithfully enlighten and educate. He explained the background of the pardon decision. However, as a result, Chairman Chung’s message was that he could not fully understand the wounds of soccer fans with these judgments.
In 2011, the Changwon District Prosecutor’s Office, which investigated the match-fixing case, prosecuted a total of 59 former and current professional soccer players. As of that year, it was about 10% of the number of domestic players (603).
The political world also rose up to criticize where the footballers at the time, who said they would not be able to raise their heads in shame due to the widespread spread of match fixing, are.
On the 3rd, Congressman Ha Tae-kyung announced the so-called’Football Association Amnesty Complete Deprivation Act’. The purpose of the bill is that soccer players who commit serious crimes such as match fixing must be expelled. The main point of this law is to touch the regulations related to the Korea Sports Association of the ‘National Sports Promotion Act’. The Sports Association is a higher-level organization of the Football Association.
Joon-hee Han, a soccer commentator at Coupang Play, attended a discussion on the topic of “The problem of the football association’s disciplinary amnesty and subsequent reform tasks” held at Space M in Mapo-gu, Seoul on the 18th hosted by cultural solidarity, and said, “The Football Association Fair Committee (formerly the Reward and Penalty Committee) The chairman is a lawyer, and I do not understand whether it was passed without a story that it could conflict with the rules of the Korea Sports Council.”