The FA Cup match has been postponed due to forest fires in Gangneung, Gangwon Province.
The Korea Football Association said, “The 2023 Hana 1Q FA Cup 3rd Round 12 match scheduled to be held at Gangneung Stadium between Gangwon FC and Chungbuk Cheongju FC, which was scheduled to be held on the 12th, was postponed due to a large-scale forest fire in Gangneung.” The schedule will be confirmed later.”
The fire that broke out in Nangok-dong,안전놀이터 Gangneung on the morning of the 11th spread quickly due to strong winds of more than 30m per second. The fire was extinguished in eight hours, but it caused enormous damage, burning 379 hectares of forest, the equivalent of 530 soccer fields.
On the other hand, Cheongju, Chungcheongbuk-do, which was scheduled to face Gangwon, offered consolation, saying, “I sincerely wish the residents of Gangwon-do who suffered forest fires a speedy recovery.” Excluding the match, 11 matches of the third round of the FA Cup will proceed as scheduled.