Racism towards Son Heung-min, Tottenham-Palace-civil society’s unanimous voice “No tolerance, respond with the strongest measures”

 Everyone is voicing one voice against racism towards Son Heung-min.

The incident took place on the 6th (Korean time) at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, where Tottenham and Crystal Palace played the 35th round of the English Premier League in the 2022-2023 season. The game was won 1-0 by Tottenham with Harry Kane’s winning goal. Tottenham (17 wins, 6 draws, 12 losses, 57 points), which added a victory in about a month after the match against Brighton on the 8th of last month (2-1 win), rose to 6th place. The difference between Manchester United (63 points) and 4th place, which is given a ticket to the European Champions League, was also narrowed to 6. However, as United have played two games less than Tottenham, the chances of a comeback are slim. Son Heung-min, who was given a defensive role by starting as the left wing of the 4-4-2 formation, was replaced by Arnaut Danjuma in the 44th minute of the second half.

Son Heung-min walked past the crowd from the other side of the bench following the referee’s instructions to prevent a time delay. Needless to say, Son Heung-min had to pass in front of the Crystal Palace’wonjeongseok’. ‘Nice One, Sonny!’ from home fans In the midst of cheering songs and standing ovations, hostile acts from angry Crystal Palace fans on the verge of defeat continued. ‘Tottenham’s ace’ Son Heung-min was booed. Among them, some extreme supporters were racist. He brought his hand to his eye and made an eye tearing gesture. This is a representative act of degrading Asians. Some fans even made violent gestures by raising their middle fingers. It was an obvious racist act.

Son Heung-min faced them without bowing his head or turning away. He stood up to them with courage as he stared at their actions until the end without a word. He was also caught laughing as if he was dumbfounded at the repeated racial discrimination every time he could forget it. After the game was over, Son Heung-min called the club’s safety officials and seemed to inform them in whispers. This scene quickly spread on YouTube and social media through fans’ direct cams and relay screen captures after the game. Some fans showed enthusiasm for reporting the video they took themselves to the club through social media tags.

Tottenham responded immediately. launched a tough response. Tottenham said on the club’s official channel on the 7th, “The Tottenham club is aware that Son Heung-min suffered racial discrimination in the match against Crystal Palace. Discrimination of any kind is abhorrent. Discrimination is tolerated in our society, game and club. “The Tottenham club is investigating in cooperation with the police and the Palace club, and is verifying personal identity. If convicted, we will do our best to take the strongest measures, as in the case of Son Heung-min’s racial discrimination against Chelsea earlier this season. I will do my best,” he said.

The opposing team, Crystal Palace, also made an official statement through the club’s channels. Crystal Palace said, “Our club is aware of a video that appears to have been racist gestures toward Son Heung-min, which was circulating스포츠토토 online yesterday during the Tottenham Spurs expedition. (It was immediately reported to our club.) The evidence is the police. “If the identity of the person responsible for the racist act is confirmed, disciplinary action will be taken at the club level. Our club will never tolerate such behavior,” he warned of strong action.

Civil society also raised its voice. According to The Athletic, soccer human rights group Kick It Out said, “I felt terrible when I heard the news that Son Heung-min was racist. “It’s not the first time he’s been through something like this,” he said. “A player’s happiness is more important than anything else. “Football officials need to keep an eye on the possibility that moving closer to the stands when players leave the field could expose them to racist behavior, especially in situations where tensions are high during matches.” “We commend the club and the police for their swift response to this incident. We also share the Palace’s position that perpetrators should be banned from entering the club.”

This is not the first time Son Heung-min has suffered racial discrimination. As Son Heung-min is an Asian player who is not many in the English league, and is the absolute ace of Tottenham who scored his 100th goal in the league, he became the focus of the opponent’s supporters. On August 15 last year, during the Chelsea-Tottenham match held at Stamford Bridge in London, England, a Chelsea fan made a racist gesture towards Son Heung-min. Watching Son Heung-min walk to the flag to kick the corner kick, he tore his eyes to the side. The photo spread on social media such as Twitter and caused controversy. The Chelsea club banned the male fan permanently from entering, and was recently banned from entering the soccer field for three years along with a fine of 726 pounds (about 1.13 million won) through the London Magistrates’ Court.

He has a lot of bad ties with West Ham fans. In October 2018, a West Ham fan who made a racist remark to Son Heung-min, “Do you sell pirated DVDs?” was fined, and in February, after scoring the 5th goal against West Ham, a fan took to social media posted racist comments. As the wave of this comment grew, the English Football Association and Tottenham club condemned it with an official statement.

In the most recent game against Liverpool on the 1st, ‘Sky Sports commentator’ Martin Taylor made racist remarks toward Son Heung-min. When he was seen defending Cody Gakpo, he mocked him saying he was “doing Martial Arts (Martial Arts)”. Martial arts is a word that does not fall out of Asian-related demeaning. Controversy over racial discrimination ensued, and Sky Sports issued a stern warning. Less than a week later, racism came out again at Tottenham’s home ground.

In an interview about racial discrimination in the past, Son Heung-min said, “Everyone knows that I was racist in England. , It doesn’t matter what race you are,” he said. Son Heung-min is standing up to racial discrimination with a resolute response. Public opinion is also on the side of Son Heung-min.

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