The “social networking service (SNS) racism” case involving players of the K League 1 Ulsan Hyundai has been concluded without further discipline from the Korean Football Association.
According to the Korea Football Association (KFA) on Sunday, the KFA’s Fair Play Committee met on May 25 and approved the disciplinary outcome report submitted by the professional football league as originally drafted.바카라
The committee also decided not to impose any additional discipline on the offending players at the KFA level. This means that Ulsan’s Lee Kyu-sung and Lee Myung-jae, as well as Park Yong-woo, who moved to Al Ain in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) after the incident, will not face any additional punishment beyond the one-match suspension and 15 million won ($15,000) fine imposed by the KFA on March 22. The KFA’s sanction of 30 million won against Ulsan was also upheld.
Amidst the criticism of the professional league’s level of punishment as a “cotton-bat punishment,” attention was focused on whether the KFA would impose additional punishment, such as a national team suspension.
In order to make a clear judgment, the KFTC asked the Korea Sports Federation, a higher-level organization, whether additional punishment is possible, and if so, whether it is possible to suspend or disqualify the national team.
The KFA replied that it must comply with the principle of non-double punishment. In response to a question about whether it is possible to suspend a player from the national team, the NOC said, “If the rules of the NOC and the member organization are different, the rules of the NOC must be followed.
In other words, it is not possible to impose discipline such as suspension or disqualification only for national team matches, as it is against the disciplinary regulations of the KFA.
An official from the Football Association explained, “The Fair Play Committee of the Football Association decided that it is not possible to impose discipline by suspending a player from national team matches or suspending a player from all competitions for a certain period of time because it is against the regulations and laws of the KFA.”
Park Yong-woo, Lee Myung-jae, and Lee Kyu-sung caused a huge controversy when they made racist comments on social media about Sasalak Hyprakorn, who previously played for Jeonbuk Hyundai. Ulsan only handed down a one-match suspension to Jeong Seung-hyun, who avoided disciplinary action by the Korean Football Association for his social media conversations with the players, and did not hand down any further punishment to Park Yong-woo, Lee Myung-jae, or Lee Kyu-sung.