International convention ‘biased judgment’ again scapegoat… Football Association ‘only heartache’

Korean football has once again become the victim of biased judgment. Incomprehensible judgments continue in international competitions such as the International Football Federation (FIFA) and the Asian Football Confederation (AFC). However, the Korea Football Association (KFA) is also suffering because it is impossible to make an official protest related to the decision due to the rules of the tournament.

Recently, young players shed tears over an incomprehensible decision. It is the U-17 national soccer team led by coach Byeon Seong-hwan. On the 2nd, in the AFC U-17 Asian Cup final against Japan held in Thailand, they lost 0-3 and missed the championship right in front of their eyes. The decision of the Thai referee, which was consistently difficult to understand, had a great influence.

The decision to leave the first half, which changed the flow of the final itself, was fatal. Ko Jong-hyun, who had been warned once, collided with an opposing striker, but the referee ordered Ko Jong-hyun to leave with a second warning.안전놀이터추천

Depending on the referee’s propensity, it was a scene where he would not have even declared a foul, but the referee took out a red card as if he had waited. The free kick that came with this sending off was restarted in a much more advantageous position for Japan than the point where the foul was called. There was no restraint from the referee, and this free kick led to Korea’s first goal.

As one player was missing, the flow naturally went to Japan, and Korea even allowed an additional run. He did not give up even in the face of defeat. Created opportunities through counterattacks. However, the referee consistently repeated the decision to be strict with Korea and lenient with Japan. 

The scene in the 38th minute of the second half, which could have completely brought the flow of the game, was decisive. Even though Kim Myung-jun tripped on the opponent’s goalkeeper’s hand and fell, the referee did not declare a penalty kick. Coach Byeon Seong-hwan, who had accumulated dissatisfaction with the referee throughout the game, eventually expressed his dissatisfaction.

The stage where I was confident of winning the championship for the first time in 21 years. The fact that the championship was frustrated due to the judgment of the referee, not the difference in skill, was a very big wound for the young players. The players couldn’t help but shed tears after the game, feeling resentful and resentful. After the game, the outrage grew when it was revealed that the referee, Mongkolchai Pechisri, of Thai nationality, had been assigned 3 out of 6 matches in Japan, including the final.

The problem is that this is not the first time recently that he has been the victim of a biased judgment. During the FIFA Under-20 (U-20) World Cup, which opened in May, Kim Eun-joong had to suffer from disappointing referee decisions throughout the tournament. Even at that time, they fought with incomprehensible decisions throughout the tournament, such as an attacker foul being declared instead of a penalty kick, or a warning and penalty kick being declared in the scene where goalkeeper Kim Joon-hong collided with an opposing striker. The reason Kim Eun-joong’s legend in the semifinals was even more touching was because it was a result achieved despite unfair judgment.

The same is true of the KFA, which is unfortunate for the successive controversy over the decision. However, he is suffering from the inside without being able to cope with it. This is because protests through official channels are not accepted in relation to referee decisions. Previously, KFA President Mong-gyu Chung, who visited the site during the AFC U-17 Asian Cup final, directly pointed out the related contents to AFC officials, but it was not an official protest.

A KFA official said, “It was a verbal protest that pointed out that there was a problem at the time of the AFC U-17 tournament. It was not a protest through official channels such as official letters. FIFA and AFC regulations state that protests against referee decisions are not officially accepted. The assignment of referees is ultimately an absolute authority of the organizers, so it is an issue that must be trusted.”

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