Amid the controversy over some members of the South Korean national baseball team drinking alcohol in Japan during the 2023 World Baseball Classic (WBC), a similar incident in the soccer world 16 years ago has come to light.
On Jan. 1, a number of posts appeared on online sports-related communities and social networking services (SNS) in Korea about the incident, which occurred during the 2007 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup.
The posts have been coming in steadily 메이저사이트since the baseball team’s alleged misbehavior during the WBC on March 30. Social media users have drawn striking parallels between the WBC drinking scandal and the 2007 Asian Cup drinking scandal.
Social media users compared the two scandals, noting the similarities in terms of players leaving their accommodation to visit bars during the tournament, eyewitness accounts from local residents, and the eventual failure of the teams to achieve their goals.
The South Korean national baseball team, which was eliminated in the first round of the 2023 World Baseball Classic (WBC) with a record of two wins and two losses, is seen returning home through Incheon International Airport in March. /Photo=News1
A total of four national soccer players were involved in the 2007 Asian Cup drinking controversy. Lee Dong-guk, who was playing for England at the time, Lee Un-jae, Woo Sung-yong, and Kim Sang-sik sneaked out of their accommodation and visited a bar.
They drank until dawn with female hostesses at a bar in Jakarta, Indonesia, where the tournament was being held. The Korean Football Association (KFA), which investigated the incident, said, “It is true that the players had a drink with a hostess, but they did not engage in any other unsavory behavior.”
Lee Un-jae, Woo Sung-yong, and Kim Sang-sik then held an official press conference to apologize to the public. Lee Dong-gook, who was in England, apologized in writing. The KFA handed down disciplinary actions to the four players, including a one-year suspension from the national team.
Meanwhile, the Korean Baseball Organization (KBO) responded to the WBC drinking controversy by saying, “We are checking the facts after receiving a statement from each player,” and “If there are any discrepancies, we will hold a punishment committee.” Sports fans are eager to see how the KBO’s decision will differ from the KFA’s discipline 16 years ago.