Hong Jeong-ho and Kim Moon-hwan’s ‘cotton bat punishment’ controversy… ‘Only fines’ despite violent protests and swear words

Hong Jeong-ho (34) and Kim Moon-hwan (28, Jeonbuk Hyundai), who raised eyebrows with excessive protests and abusive language, received only fines instead of an additional business suspension. Looking back at similar precedents, it is pointed out that it is a ‘cotton bat’ discipline.

On the 8th,토스카지노 the Professional Football Federation held the second round of punishment and punishment committee and imposed fines of 5 million won and 3 million won, respectively, on Hong Jeong-ho and Kim Moon-hwan, who were ejected for their violent behavior towards the referees. In addition to the suspension of business trips due to cumulative warning (1 game) or direct dismissal (2 games), additional suspension disciplines were omitted.

As the prospect that suspension of business trips as well as sanctions would be added through the reward and punishment committee was dominant, the reaction that the punishment that ended with sanctions is unexpected is dominant. This is because not only were the protests against the referees violent, as the federation announced, but many pointed out that they crossed the line, such as being caught on the relay screen intact or following the referees and protesting even after the game was over.

Hong Jeong-ho and Kim Moon-hwan were sent off side by side after protesting strongly against the referee and the referee immediately after conceding a goal in the last minute of the game against Gangwon FC held at Jeonju World Cup Stadium on the 29th of last month. It was dissatisfaction that Gangwon’s foul was not pointed out during the contest between Kim Gun-woong (Jeonbuk) and Yang Hyeon-jun (Gangwon), leading to the conceding goal.

Hong Jeong-ho was sent off after receiving the second warning of the match after vehemently protesting to the referee despite his teammates’ dissuade. After the game, he approached the referees leaving the field and protested harshly, and the club staff stopped them. Kim Moon-hwan also received a red card for swearing at the assistant referee and for protesting harshly toward the referee. The reason for Kim Moon-hwan’s exit on the record was ‘abusive language’.

In particular, after both Hong Jeong-ho and Kim Moon-hwan were ordered to leave, they were caught swearing at the referee as it was, causing a great controversy. This was the reason why the prevailing prospect was that the violent acts that raised fans’ eyebrows would lead to disciplinary actions such as additional suspensions through the reward and punishment committee. 

In fact, the federation’s reward and punishment regulations stipulate that in case of excessive protest or violent dissatisfaction with the referee’s decision, a suspension of two or more games or a penalty of more than 3 million won is imposed. There were also many precedents in which players who protested with abusive language to the referee were suspended for 2 to 5 games. 

An official from the soccer world said, “I was surprised to hear the results of the disciplinary action. It was because I thought that at least one or two games would be suspended. He set a precedent that even if he curses directly at the referee, it ends with a fine. I wonder if the same result would have come out if other team players had done it.”

Another official also said, “It is a regrettable result as it was a scene that crossed the line that was not good to see. It is difficult to understand why the Korea Football Association or the Federation issued such a discipline while emphasizing authority and respect for referees. I hope to establish and follow the principles well.”

The federation explained that it was the result of a comprehensive judgment of the situation at the time by the reward and punishment committee. An official said, “The reward and punishment committee is attended by at least four people and decides the level of punishment after discussion by referring to regulations and existing cases.” It is the result of the judgment by the members of the reward and punishment committee after seeing various situations.”

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