Public sentiment in the K-League is exploding at the unilateral decision of the government and local governments.
Ahead of the Hana 1 Q K-League 1 round 25 match against Incheon United held at Jeonju World Cup Stadium on the 6th, Jeonbuk Hyundai supporters said, “Ruin the Jamboree and Jeonbuk too!” They threw a message of protest holding up a banner that read, “It is a sign of intimidation.” Before the kick-off, they even shouted a fierce slogan, “Kim Kwan-young, get rid of it” and exploded their dissatisfaction.
It is a well-founded objection.
Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Park Bo-gyun held a press conference at the Jamboree Press Center on the 6th and said, “As a result of considering the capacity and moving conditions, we decided to hold a concert at the Jeonju World Cup Stadium on the 11th, the retirement ceremony.” Jeonbuk Governor Kim Kwan-young also said, “The Jeonbuk Hyundai Soccer Team home game was scheduled before and after the K-pop performance, but I am grateful that (the club) decided to move to a different stadium to play the game.” We will mobilize all human resources in Jeonbuk, including medical and firefighting,” he explained.스포츠토토
Governor Kim made a statement as if the Jeonbuk club cooperated, but in fact it is not. An official from Jeonbuk said, “The club just received a notice today. There was no consultation,” he explained. This means that it was a unilateral decision by the government and local governments.
Jeonbuk will play Incheon in the FA Cup semi-finals on the 9th at Jeonju World Cup Stadium. On the 12th, the K-League 1 round 26 match against Suwon Samsung is ahead. However, due to this decision, it was not possible to carry out the schedule normally.
Currently, Jeonbuk has requested the Korea Football Association and the Korea Professional Football Federation to postpone the FA Cup and K-League, respectively. The problem is that in this case, the schedules of Incheon and Suwon are also affected. If there is no postponement, the match will have to be held at a different stadium, not the Jeonju World Cup Stadium. If postponed, Incheon and Suwon cannot move according to the prepared schedule. No matter what, there is no change in the fact that the entire K-League suffers great damage.
The Jamboree incident occurred due to incompetent administrative handling by the government and local governments. There is no reason for the K-League, which has nothing to do with the event, to be harmed.
Kang Mo, a female fan of Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors in her 30s, said, “I am angry that they were notified unilaterally. The players will also prepare according to the game schedule, but I think they are ignoring our team. Fans also set all schedules according to the K-League schedule. Wouldn’t the grass be damaged too?” she said, “There are plenty of places to hold K-pop concerts in Iksan or Gunsan.”
This year, domestic football is suffering from a lot of damage due to various government events. Right now, Busan IPark sacrificed due to the recent Coupang Play series. This time it is Jeonbuk.
On this day, many spectators were seated at the stadium despite the heat wave and heavy rain. Most of them are voters or would-be voters in Jeonbuk. Governor Kim is not something to be taken lightly.