22 February 2024

Lee Kang-in, who personally visited London and apologized, and Son Heung-min wrapped his arms around his shoulders… in a “sealing” phase of the national team’s conflict

By pestfood.com

The national soccer team’s conflict has entered a “clogging” phase.

The national team suffered from the “backstorm” of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup. In addition to the dismissal of coach Jurgen Klinsmann, internal discord in the squad was the reason. Son Heung-min (32, Tottenham) and Lee Kang-in (23, Paris Saint-Germain) argued ahead of the semifinals against Jordan. The news that the Korea Football Association immediately admitted to the fight and some senior players visited manager Jurgen Klinsmann to request the removal of Lee Kang-in’s list grew.

Since then, Lee Kang-in has been beleaguered. Advertisers began to gradually erase Lee Kang-in. The Ligue 1 broadcaster also erased the name of Lee Kang-in, who played against Nantes, from the screen. Although he trained and played brightly in his team, it was an incident that could drastically reduce Lee Kang-in’s position in the national team, which was called the next-generation ace.

In the end, Lee Kang-in flew directly from Paris to London and bowed to Son Heung-min. Lee Kang-in posted his second apology on his SNS on the 21st (Korea time). “Short thoughts and rash actions have greatly disappointed Heung-min and the whole team and fans. I thought it was important to visit Heung-min in person and apologize sincerely, and I had time to understand the weight of the captain and look back on myself through a long time,” he said.

“I only expressed my opinion because I did not listen to the advice I gave for unity. It was an act that I should never have done. I deeply regret it. There were many shortcomings. I contacted other seniors and colleagues in the national team and apologized. I deeply reflect on the lack of consideration and respect. As a soccer player and as a person, I will try harder and devote myself to development,” he said.

Son Heung-min also accepted Lee Kang-in’s apology. Son Heung-min posted a picture on social media taken with Lee Kang-in’s shoulder. Son Heung-min said, “Kang-in sincerely reflected and apologized. When I was young, I made a lot of mistakes and showed a bad appearance. I am where I am now because I have the advice and teaching of good seniors every time. All players will take special care of Kang-in as a senior and as a captain so that he does not do wrong again.”

“I don’t think I did a good job and I think it was an act that could be criticized enough. I believe it is one of the captain’s duties to act in a way that I dislike for such a team. Even if I face the same situation again, I will act for my team. However, I will try to lead in a wiser and wiser way,” Kang said, adding, “He is having a hard time. Please forgive me with a generous heart. As the captain of the national team, I ask for your kind cooperation.” 꽁머니

Son dismissed the factional controversy raised by some within the national team. He said, “It is irrelevant to the division of sides. We always tried to look at only one place as a team. We are truly sorry for causing a noisy problem even though we were loved a lot. We will try to become a team that grows up in the future.”

As a result, internal discord within the national team has entered a state of closure. Now, the ball is back to the Korea Football Association.