An obvious misjudgment occurred, but neither a quick correction nor a person responsible has come out.
On the 26th, in the 9th round of the Hana 1 Q K League 1 2023 held at the main stadium of Songam Sports Town in Chuncheon, the home team Gangwon FC won their first win of the season by beating FC Seoul 3-2. However, both Gangwon-do, which won, and Seoul, which lost, had unpleasant situations.
Falling behind 2-3 in extra time in the second half of the game, Seoul launched a last-minute offensive to equalize. In a corner kick situation, Ki Sung-yueng’s cross was headed by Kim Joo-sung, and Gangwon defender Han Han-young kicked it off with his head. Afterwards, Seoul Palosevich made a dramatic tie by shaking the Gangwon goal net with a left-footed shot in the pre-trial situation.
However, this goal was not recognized and ended with Gangwon’s victory. The referee blew a whistle and declared a foul. Seeing that Gangwon Seo Min-woo fell during the aerial contest earlier, the referee recognized it as Seoul Kim Jin-ya’s foul and blew his whistle.
The truth was caught in the eyes of everyone watching the broadcast screen and the match. Seo Min-woo, who fell during the competition, tripped over the feet of teammate Lee Woong-hee, not Kim Jin-ya. However, as the whistle was blown on Jinya Kim’s foul, not Palosevich’s shot, it was declared a foul, and the ‘theater goal’ was invalidated without a video review (VAR).
In the end, the game ended as it was, and Gangwon took their first win of the season, which was embarrassing. As the controversy grew, it was reported that an emergency referee committee of the Korea Football Association (KFA) was convened this morning.
Since 2020,안전놀이터 referee judgment and administrative authority have been transferred from the Korea Professional Football Federation to the Korea Football Association. In a phone call with this magazine on the 27th, an official from the association said, “The referees could not gather due to participation in domestic competitions, etc.” We will announce the definite results at a later date.”
This season, the K-League is screaming happiness, setting the record for the largest number of spectators in domestic professional sports since Corona 19. Corona 19 quarantine mitigation and the 2022 Qatar World Cup halo effect are properly receiving. However, to prevent damage to the K-League, which is an important root of Korean football, by a single mistake, the association must establish more reliable and transparent measures, notices, and measures to prevent recurrence.