The arrest of South Korean soccer team midfielder Son Jun-ho (31, Shandong Taishan) misleads China’s efforts to punish anti-corruption acts as a symbolic event.
On the 19th, China’s ‘Sina.com’ said, “From the end of last year to the beginning of this year, after the anti-corruption ‘hurricane’ that mainly affected the management of the Chinese Football Association occurred, Korean soccer team Son Jun-ho was investigated.” It is,” he concluded as if Son Jun-ho had committed a crime.
Shandong Taishan, Son Jun-ho’s team, was recently investigated by the public security for coach Hao Wei for match-fixing. However, as Son Jun-ho was arrested while trying to leave China via Shanghai Airport on the 12th, the possibility of match-fixing charges came up, but Son Jun-ho’s agent said that he was being investigated for bribery charges, not match-fixing.
Son Jun-ho has been detained at the Public Security Bureau in Chaoyang City, Liaoning Province for over a week. What China is revealing is that Son Jun-ho’s charges are bribery of non-public officials. This applies to cases where a corporation or individual other than a state agency illegally receives property belonging to another person. After all, he is investigating the possibility that he may have been involved in match-fixing or bribery cases.
The media said, “This investigation into Son Jun-ho is a very symbolic event that proves that the intensity and scope of this football purge is unprecedented.” I am feeling it,” he said, and was proud that the arrest of Son Jun-ho made him interested in China’s anti-corruption work.
“Son Jun-ho’s detention shows how widespread anti-corruption is in Chinese football, and what drew more attention was his status as a member of the Korean national team,” he said. “Son Jun-ho is only a part of this measure. It is to prove that the game manipulation has come from overseas, and to prove that the extent and intensity of it can be imagined.”
In particular, “On the other hand, the anti-corruption crackdown on football that has been going on for a while is still blowing hard on Chinese football, and many people from top management to coaches, players, agents, etc. are under investigation.” Of course, this is a necessary measure. The future of Chinese football will be opened only when Chinese football undergoes a thorough anti-crime crackdown and completely recovers its atmosphere.” 스포츠토토
Meanwhile, the South Korean Consulate General in Shenyang, China, is known to have interviewed Son Jun-ho, who is being detained, on the 17th to conduct a fair investigation. In response, the Consulate General said, “The interview lasted about an hour, and I was told there was no human rights violation from the player.” Chinese media reported that if Son Jun-ho’s bribery charges are found to be true, he could be sentenced to up to five years in prison.