While the South Korean national soccer team drew 2-2 to Jordan in the second round of the 2023 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Qatar Asian Cup held in Doha, Qatar on the 20th, Cho Kyu-sung’s social networking service (SNS), who played as a striker, was plastered with malicious comments, sparking controversy. On the day, Cho Kyu-sung started as a one-top player in the 4-2-3-1 formation.랭크카지노주소
However, he failed to score just like in the match against Bahrain. Notably, when Lee Ki-je’s mid-range shot was blocked by the goalkeeper at the 55th minute of the first half, Cho Gyu-seong fired again, but the ball missed the goal post, sparking controversy over his decision. Cho was substituted for Oh Hyun-gyu (Celtic) at the 24th minute of the second half and was pulled out to the bench. Since then, Cho has been receiving a flurry of comments criticizing him on Instagram. The comments mainly focused on his appearance, including his long hair, or his appearance on MBC’s entertainment program “I Live Alone.”
A netizen uploaded a comment that said, “Cho Kyu-sung’s problem is that he can’t concentrate on soccer because he has to pay attention to his hairband.” More than 1,300 likes were received. “Don’t film me living alone and just play soccer. I’m a little annoyed now,” some 1,500 likes were added. “If you hit Lee Kang-in on YouTube, it will be covered with soccer highlights. If you hit Cho Kyu-sung, you’ll see “I Live Alone.” Are you an entertainer? Many people complimented his appearance, so he grew his hair, trimmed his hair, and wore a headscarf. “I’m going crazy,” “I thought he was sick since he was on an entertainment show,” and “Please do your job well.”
Some suggested refraining from criticizing Cho Kyu-sung due to excessive malicious comments. Comments such as “I don’t think he’s cursing first because he can’t cheer for the national team player,” and “Let’s leave moderate malicious comments” received more than 300 “likes.”
Indiscriminate malicious comments on athletes are a long-standing headache in the sports world. Especially in the case of soccer and baseball, which are popular sports that attract the attention of the whole nation, much stronger pressure is placed on athletes. During the 2007 Beijing Olympics, malicious comments poured out on Ki Sung-yueng’s Cyworld mini-hompe, which failed to score against Uzbekistan. At that time, Ki Sung-yueng responded to malicious comments by writing on Cyworld, “If you feel frustrated, go and run.”
Ahead of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, FIFA and the International Association of Professional Footballers have implemented a service that accuses players or teams of malicious comments on their social media accounts. The move is aimed at helping players show their skills in the game, free from online derogatory remarks and threats.
After the match, Cho Kyu-sung said, “I should have shown a better performance. I am so sorry for the players who did not play. It was a game that left a lot of regrets.” Meanwhile, the Korean national team will play its final group match against Malaysia, led by head coach Kim Pan-gon, on the 25th. The results of the third match will determine the final group ranking of Korea.