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K-League racism case ends without A-League suspension…”double punishment”

The “social media racism” case involving players of professional soccer’s K League 1 Ulsan Hyundai has been concluded without further discipline from the Korea Football Association.

According to the Korea Football Association (KFA) on Sunday, the KFA’s Fairness Committee met on May 25 and approved the disciplinary report submitted by the professional football league as originally drafted.

The committee also decided not to impose any additional discipline on the offending players at the KFA level.

This means that Ulsan’s Lee Kyu-sung and Lee Myung-jae, as well as Park Yong-woo, who was transferred to Al Ain in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) after the incident, will not face any additional punishment beyond the one-match suspension and 15 million won ($15,000) fine imposed by the KFA on March 22.

The KFA’s sanction of 30 million won against Ulsan was also confirmed.

Amidst the criticism of the professional league’s level of punishment as a “cotton-bat punishment,” attention turned to whether the KFA would impose additional punishment, such as a national team suspension.

According to the ‘Disciplinary Standards by Type’ in the Football Association’s regulations, players who commit ‘discrimination based on gender, nationality, race, and religion’ are subject to a ‘suspension of not less than three months and not more than two years’.

However, it was argued that it would be “double punishment” for the soccer federation to impose additional discipline for the same incident.

In fact, the Football Association’s Code of Conduct states that ‘double punishment is prohibited between the Association and a member organization or member organizations for the same offense’. There is a lot of room for conflicting suspensions.

In order to make a clear judgment, the KFTC asked the Korean Sports Federation (KOF), the higher authority, whether additional punishment was possible, and if so, whether it was possible to suspend the player from the national team 메이저사이트.

The KFA replied that it must comply with the principle of non-double punishment.

In response to a question about whether it is possible to suspend or disqualify a national team, the NOC said, “If the rules of the NOC and the member organization are different, the rules of the NOC must be followed.

There is no ‘national team-only’ suspension or disqualification among the types of discipline set by the NOC. In other words, it was the NOC’s judgment that it should not be possible to impose discipline such as suspension for national team matches separately as it violates the NOC’s disciplinary regulations.

“The Football Association Fairness Commission determined that it was not possible to impose discipline by suspending a player from national team matches or suspending a player from all competitions for a certain period of time because it was against the rules of the KFA or the law,” said a KFA official.

“What the KFA could do was to determine whether the professional league’s discipline was grossly inappropriate or lacked reasonableness,” he said. “After reviewing the case, we concluded that this was not the case, and in order to respect the autonomy of the professional league’s decision, we decided to approve the original draft.”

Park Yong-woo, Lee Myung-jae, and Lee Kyu-sung caused a major controversy when they made racist comments on social media about Sasalak Hyprakon, who previously played for Jeonbuk Hyundai.

Ulsan only handed out a one-match suspension to Jung Seung-hyun, who avoided disciplinary action by the KFA for his social media conversations with the players, and no further punishment to Park Yong-woo, Lee Myung-jae, and Lee Kyu-sung.


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