The Korea Football Association (KFA), which revealed incompetent administrative power by selecting a player with a history of drunk driving and cover-up for the Asian Games team, failed to properly deal with it. With the approval of the organizing committee of the tournament, even a substitute player was selected, but it was not directly informed. It was necessary to inform the news quickly enough to shake off concerns that one person could enter the competition with an insufficient entry, but this news was delivered through the Korea Sports Council three days after approval.바카라
The fact that Kim Tae-hyeon (Vegalta Sendai) was newly added to the Asian Games men’s football roster instead of Lee Sang-min (Seongnam FC), who was disqualified from the national team due to his drinking history, was announced at the Hangzhou Asian Games Media Day held on the 24th at the Jincheon National Training Center in North Chungcheong Province. Lee Ki-heung, president of the Korea Sports Council, revealed that the entry was replaced with Kim Tae-hyun on the 21st and that he had already notified KFA in response to a question from reporters regarding the selection of a substitute player for Lee Sang-min. It was released through the Korea Sports Association, not KFA, three days after the final entry was changed.
After Lee Sang-min was eliminated from the national team, it is absurd to look back at the fact that the possibility of replacing the entry was one of the biggest issues in the soccer world. Until just the day before, there were concerns that Hwang Seon-hong might have to compete with 21 people instead of 22 because it was difficult to replace the entry, but the entry was already completed on the 21st. KFA, which should have informed this fact first, kept its mouth shut, so in the soccer world, only useless voices of concern continued.
It was an opportunity to rectify the situation caused by their mistake, but even that was missed. If KFA excludes Lee Sang-min from the Asian Games team, Hwang Seon-hong is the one who suffers the most damage. This is because Lee Sang-min was left out in a situation where 22 entries had already been submitted, and it was not easy to select another player due to regulations. Due to KFA’s administration, it could have led to an unprecedented situation in which they had to participate in the tournament with one less entry than other teams.
As the player was barely approved for the replacement and avoided the worst, it was also the KFA’s responsibility to inform the fans of this fact first. As much as their own mistake drove the national team into crisis, the KFA had to step in and fix it. However, after being notified by the Korea Sports Council, he continued to remain silent, and after three days, it became known as an unwillingness. There is no choice but to point out that even the follow-up is a mess.
Looking back at KFA’s administration related to this controversy, the expression ‘incompetent’ is by no means excessive. It started on the 14th of last month. Controversy arose as Lee Sang-min, who had a history of drunk driving and cover-up, was included in the final entry for the 22 Asian Games national team. In 2020, when Lee Sang-min belonged to Asan, Chungcheongnam-do, he was caught in a police crackdown while driving while intoxicated. He secretly played 3 games without informing the club, and then informed the club and even caused controversy over the cover-up. At the time, the Professional Football League issued a 15-game suspension and a 4 million won sanction to Lee Sang-min through the reward and punishment committee.
The problem was the selection of the national team, which continued from the following year. Article 17 of the KFA National Soccer Team Operation Regulations for disciplinary action and disqualification includes ‘If you are sentenced to a fine of 5 million won or more for an act related to drunken driving, etc., you will not be able to play for the national team for 3 years after the sentence is finalized, and for 2 years after a fine of less than 5 million won. can’t’. It was not disclosed at the time what kind of sentence he was sentenced to, but according to the KFA, Lee Sang-min was fined 5 million won. He was not eligible for the national team at all until August 4 of this year, three years from the date he was sentenced according to the regulations.
However, Lee Sang-min has been on board the Hwangseonhongho since 2021, and eventually boarded the final list for the Asian Games. In this process, the KFA has never been able to filter out that Lee Sang-min is not eligible for the national team, even though there are clear regulations. When the final list for the Asian Games was announced and it became an issue through media reports, it was only then that I belatedly figured out the situation. It was incompetent administration.
What caused more controversy was the follow-up. On the 18th of last month, the KFA announced the fact that Lee Sang-min was excluded from the Asian Games national team through a statement. After announcing the final list for the competition, it was a skit excluding one person. He said, “(Lee Sang-min) has been playing for the K-League 2 (2nd division) since 2020 and has been disciplined by the Professional Football Federation for drunk driving, and has since been selected for the national team by age. Compared to K-League 1 or A national team players, league news and player-related information are relatively unknown, so the relevant regulations could not be reviewed properly.” In short, the KFA explained that Lee Sang-min was a player who only played in the second division, so he did not know the information well. It was an absurd explanation that made him click his tongue.
As news spread that it was not easy to replace the entry in the Asian Games, unless there was an injury, voices of concern were loud. Amidst the already tight schedule, concerns continued that KFA’s incompetent administration could lead to the competition with a team lacking one member. Fortunately, after a month or so, the fact that the replacement was approved was known through the Korea Sports Council, and the worst situation was averted. Kim Tae-hyeon’s team, which the KFA, who did not know Lee Sang-min as a K-League 2 player, selected as a replacement belongs to the Japanese second division.
▲ Hangzhou Asian Games final roster (22 players)
– Goalkeepers: Lee Kwang-yeon (Gangwon) Min Seong-jun (Incheon) Kim Jeong-hoon (Jeonbuk)
– Defenders: Seol Young-woo (Ulsan) Park Gyu-hyeon (Dinamo Dresden Germany) Lee Jae-ik (Seoul E-Land) Lee Han-beom (Seoul E-Land) Seoul) Park Jin-seop (Jeonbuk) Hwang Jae-won (Daegu) Choi Jun (Busan) Kim Tae-hyeon (Vegalta Sendai, Japan)
– Midfielders: Jeong Ho-yeon (Gwangju) Hong Hyeon-seok (KAA Gent, Belgium) Baek Seung-ho (Jeonbuk) Song Min-gyu (Jeonbuk) Jung Woo-young (Stuttgart, Germany) Ko Young-jun (Pohang) Lee Kang-in (PSG, France) Eom Won-sang (Ulsan) Cho Young-wook (Gimcheon) –