’52 people’ hidden in match fixing… Concern about half-way ‘withdrawal of amnesty’

Korea Football Association, temporary board of directors at 4:00 pm on the 31st,
‘match manipulation expulsion’ 48 people may withdraw pardon,
52 people do not disclose the reason for disciplinary action… Whether or not to pardon
, another controversy is inevitable when the amnesty is withdrawn

It is truly a ‘rare skit’.

The Korea Football Association (KFA) will hold a temporary board meeting at 4:00 pm on the 31st. It has been only three days since the second board meeting was held. The agenda is a case of amnesty for 100 people, including 48 match-fixing participants, who are incurring national outrage beyond the soccer world. Chairman Chung Mong-gyu is the head of the meeting again to discuss the amnesty, which was actually decided by surprise.

It is extremely unusual to discuss an issue that has already been decided through the board of directors and even made a surprise but extensive official announcement in three days. It means that the pardon for 100 soccer players, which was carried out for reasons that were difficult to understand, such as self-congratulation for the World Cup round of 16 and harmony in the soccer world, was a skit in itself.

Most of the top soccer players, such as those from the national team, are silent, but fortunately soccer fans and experts are criticizing the KFA’s unreasonable decision. The K-League fans, who were hurt so badly by the match-fixing incident in 2011, have already begun expressing critical messages toward the KFA through hangings. The Red Devils, the national cheering squad, also issued a statement urging the withdrawal of the amnesty, urging a boycott of A-match. As time goes on, the public opinion that criticizes the KFA expands not only to soccer fans but also to public outrage, which shows just how far the KFA’s decision deviated from common sense. 메이저사이트

Surprised by the boiling anger, KFA eventually announced the meeting of the temporary board of directors. Even the day before, he was active in pardoning those who were disciplined by posting Q&A content on the pardon on the homepage, but his attitude changed dramatically in one day. The KFA explained, “As many concerns have been raised about this resolution, we decided to hold a re-discussion quickly.”

The fact that the resolved issue will be re-discussed in three days itself seems to lean towards the possibility of’withdrawal of the amnesty’. However, it remains to be seen whether the pardons for the 100 people who were subject to pardon will be completely withdrawn. This is because the possibility that the amnesty for 48 match-fixing cases, which drew public attention, will be withdrawn, but the pardon for 52 people who were covered by match-fixing cannot be ruled out.

The common explanation among KFA officials is that the remaining 52 are soccer players whose names you wouldn’t recognize, having been disciplined by amateurs. However, the identity of the 100 people and the punishment they received are not disclosed for reasons such as defamation. As it is impossible to trust the official’s explanation 100%, no one knows who the other 52 people were, for what reason, and what discipline they received, except for the match-fixing participant.

The problem is that throughout this controversy, KFA’s ‘why’, and why it was suddenly pardoned after 14 years, has not been accurately revealed. Self-congratulations in the World Cup round of 16 and harmony in the soccer world are relevance that anyone would laugh at. It is a reasonable suspicion under the circumstances that among the 100 people subject to pardon, not only the 48 people who participated in match-fixing, but also the remaining 52 people who were covered by them, there are people or backgrounds who had to be amnestied.

If the decision to pardon 100 people is maintained even after re-discussion through the temporary board of directors, it is obvious that the controversy will intensify. In addition, the ‘half-part’ pardon, which grants indulgence to the remaining 52 people, excluding those involved in match-fixing, is also bound to lead to another controversy. The only way to extinguish the controversy over the amnesty created by KFA is a full withdrawal of the amnesty decision and an official apology and explanation from Chairman Chung Mong-gyu.

Along with the complete withdrawal of the amnesty, the KFA Fair Committee regulations, which state that ‘proposing the right to amnesty is the inherent right of the president of the Korea Football Association’, also need revision. The Korean Sports Association, a higher-level organization of the KFA, recommends affiliated organizations to follow the relevant regulations, but the word ‘amnesty’ itself does not exist in the regulations of the Sports Fair Committee of the Sports Association. Only when the investigative agency decides not to prosecute or the court decides not guilty, the person involved must directly apply for relief in order to reduce or cancel the disciplinary action. It is a very common sense rule.

KFA, however, ignored the recommendation of the Sports Association and has not touched the fair committee regulations until the end of the revision in September 2020. In the meantime, the Sports Association Sports Fair Committee regulations were revised five more times. The KFA’s right to pardon and its own authority, which tried to directly grant indulgence to those who had already been punished for match-fixing, are in fact going against the times in the first place.

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