Tottenham Hotspur came out to condemn racism towards Son Heung-min.
On the 7th (hereinafter Korean time),메이저사이트 Tottenham said through the club’s official channel, “The Tottenham club is aware that Son Heung-min suffered racial discrimination in the game against Crystal Palace. Any kind of discrimination is abhorrent. Discrimination is our society, “The Tottenham club is investigating in cooperation with the police and the Palace club, and is verifying personal identity. We will do our best to take it.”
The incident took place on the 6th at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, where round 35 of the English Premier League was held between Tottenham and Crystal Palace in the 2022-2023 season. Son Heung-min, who started and played a big role on the day, was replaced by Arnaut Danjuma in the 44th minute of the second half. Following the referee’s instructions to prevent a time delay, Son Heung-min walked past the crowd from the other side of the bench. Son Heung-min had to pass in front of Crystal Palace’Wonjeong-seok’.
While the home fans cheered ‘Nice One, Sonny!’ and gave standing ovations, Crystal Palace fans who were furious right before the defeat booed ‘Tottenham’s ace’ Son Heung-min. Among them, some extreme supporters were racist. He brought his hand to his eye and made an eye tearing gesture. This is a representative act of degrading Asians. Some fans made violent gestures, such as raising their middle fingers. It was an obvious racist act.
Son Heung-min faced them without bowing his head or turning away. He responded by staring at their actions to the end without saying a word. He was also caught laughing at the absurd racist acts that are repeated every time he is forgotten. After the game was over, Son Heung-min called the club’s safety officials and seemed to inform them in whispers. This scene spread to YouTube and social media through fan cams and relay screen captures after the game. Some fans reported the video they took to the club through social media tags.
Tottenham responded immediately. launched a tough response. He warned, “We will do our best to take the strongest action” while continuing the investigation in cooperation with the police and the Palace club to identify him.
This is not the first time Son Heung-min has suffered racial discrimination. As Son Heung-min is an Asian player, not many in the league, and an absolute ace of Tottenham, he became the target of the opponent’s supporters. On August 15 last year, during the Chelsea-Tottenham match held at Stamford Bridge in London, England, a Chelsea fan made a racist gesture towards Son Heung-min. Watching Son Heung-min walk to the flag to kick the corner kick, he tore his eyes to the side. The photo spread on social media such as Twitter and caused controversy. The Chelsea club banned the male fan permanently from entering, and was recently banned from entering the soccer field for three years along with a fine of 726 pounds (about 1.13 million won) through the London Magistrates’ Court. There is a lot of bad luck with West Ham fans, but in October 2018, a West Ham fan who made a racist remark to Son Heung-min, “Do you sell pirated DVDs?” After that, a fan posted a racist comment on social media. The English Football Association and Tottenham club condemned it with an official statement.
In the most recent game against Liverpool on the 1st, ‘Sky Sports commentator’ Martin Taylor saw Son Heung-min defending Cody Gakpo and mocked him saying, “I’m doing martial arts (Martial Arts),” and was embroiled in a racial discrimination controversy. Sky Sports issued a stern warning. Less than a week later, racism came out again at Tottenham’s home ground. In an interview about racial discrimination in the past, Son Heung-min said, “Everyone knows that I was racist in England. , It doesn’t matter what race you are,” he said. Son Heung-min is standing up to racial discrimination with a resolute response.
Meanwhile, Tottenham won 1-0 against Palace in the match. Tottenham (17 wins, 6 draws, 12 losses, 57 points), which added a victory in about a month after the match against Brighton on the 8th of last month (2-1 win), rose to 6th place. The difference between Manchester United (63 points) and 4th place, which is given a ticket to the European Champions League, was also narrowed to 6. However, as United have played two games less than Tottenham, the chances of a comeback are slim. FiveThirtyEight, an American statistical analysis site, put the probability of Tottenham entering the fourth place as less than 1%. Son Heung-min played the left wing of the 4-4-2 formation that day and ran the ground for 89 minutes. He was given a defensive role rather than an offensive role and helped the team win. There were no attack points.