Jeonbuk-Suwon to go ahead as scheduled, FA Cup postponed amid ‘jammed administration’… 축구팬들 ‘혼란’
The venue for the K-pop concert at the 2023 Saemangeum World Scout Jamboree has been changed from Jeonju World Cup Stadium to Seoul World Cup Stadium. The canceled K League match between Jeonbuk Hyundai and Suwon Samsung will be held at Jeonju World Cup Stadium on April 12 as scheduled. The up-and-down administration is taking a toll on the K League and its fans.
The Korea Professional Football Association said on Aug. 8, “As the Jamboree K-pop concert was confirmed to be held at Seoul World Cup Stadium on Nov. 11, the match between Jeonbuk and Suwon scheduled for 7 p.m. on Dec. 12 at Jeonju World Cup Stadium will go ahead as planned.”
The venue of the Jamboree K-pop concert has been changed twice. Earlier, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism announced on June 6 that the K-pop concert, which was originally scheduled to be held in Saemangeum, would be moved to Jeonju World Cup Stadium. The reason given was that the Jeonju World Cup Stadium is 50 minutes away from the Saemangeum Jamboree campsite, making it closer and easier to accommodate the number of people.
However, the decision, which was like a ‘unilateral notification’, affected the K League and teams. Jeonbuk was the most confused. At the time, Jeonbuk was scheduled to play Incheon United in the Korea Football Association Cup (FA Cup) at Jeonju World Cup Stadium just three days later on the 9th, followed by Suwon Samsung in the 26th round of the K League 1 2023 on the 12th.
“We apologize for the confusion caused to our fans by the sudden rescheduling of the game,” Jeonbuk said on its official channel on June 6, adding that the details of the game will be announced as soon as they are decided.
With Jeonbuk facing the prospect of not being able to play a crucial two-game homestand at home, fan outrage grew. Jeonbuk reassured fans that it would issue full refunds to those who purchased tickets for the Incheon game. Fans raised their voices on the official social networking service (SNS), saying, “Does it make sense to give a few days’ notice before an important game,” “A soccer field is a place to play soccer, not a concert hall,” and “What about the away and home fans who have already decided on accommodation, transportation, and schedule?” Jeonbuk head coach Dan Petrescu said, “This is something I’ve never experienced in my life,” and added, “It will have a huge impact on the team, as we are forced to reschedule away from home.” 메이저사이트
As Saemangeum and Jeonju were affected by Typhoon Kanun, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism relocated the jamboree participants to the Seoul metropolitan area and changed the venue of the K-pop concert from Jeonju World Cup Stadium to Seoul World Cup Stadium. As a result, the Jeonbuk-Suwon game on Dec. 12 will be held as usual.
Meanwhile, the FA Cup quarterfinal match between Jeonbuk and Incheon, which was scheduled to take place at Jeonju World Cup Stadium on September 9, has been postponed. The Korea Football Association (KFA), which organizes the tournament, said today, “Given the situation of Typhoon Kanun in the north, we will maintain the postponement decision made yesterday (July 7),” adding, “We regret that both clubs and fans have suffered disruptions to their schedules and preparations.”