The South Korean women’s national team’s first opponent at the FIFA Confederations Cup Australia-New Zealand 2023, Colombia, played so roughly that the opposing team had to call off an exhibition match.
The closed-door exhibition match between Colombia and Ireland at Mickin Park Stadium in Brisbane, Australia, on 15 May was abandoned just 20 minutes into the game.
According to Reuters, the Irish Football Association said in a statement that the game “became too intense and after discussions with officials, the decision was made to end the match.”
카지노Key midfielder Denis O’Sullivan was taken to hospital after complaining of shin pain following a rough tackle during the game.
The Irish Football Association later confirmed that O’Sullivan had avoided a fracture.
“It’s the first time in my 47 years of football that I’ve had to deal with that as a player and as a manager,” manager Vera Powe told Sky Sports.
“At first it was a normal game. It was lively, it was a good game, and then it became more and more physical,” Powell said, recalling that O’Sullivan had a contested challenge that was not allowed under the Laws of the Game, and he complained of pain.
“I went to the Colombian coach and said, ‘We need your co-operation. We need to calm this down. We’re all playing in the World Cup, aren’t we?” “We’re not a team that’s afraid to tackle, to contest, but the players were very upset,” he said.
“We decided that if the game continued, there could be a potentially serious situation for the players,” he added.
In a statement, the Colombian Football Association insisted there was no unsportsmanlike behaviour in the trial.
“Our national team respected the rules and the spirit of healthy competition and fair play,” the organisation said, adding that the match was suspended at the request of Ireland and that it “respects the decision of the opposing team”.
Colombia is the first opponent in Group H for the Korean national team, which has been training in Australia since the 10th.
Colombia’s average height of 166.8 centimetres is slightly shorter than Korea’s (167.9 centimetres), but judging by the disruption of the exhibition game, expect intense physical contact.
Colin Bell’s side will face Colombia at 11am on the 25th, followed by Morocco on the 30th and Germany on the 3rd of next month.
Colombia is ranked 25th in the FIFA rankings, South Korea is 17th, and Germany-Morocco is second and 72nd.
Belo Horizonte beat ‘virtual Colombia’ Haiti 2-1 in a domestic trial at the Seoul World Cup Stadium on 8 August.
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