Foul-mouthed coach barges into referee’s locker room
A second-division football club CEO is facing discipline after charging into a referees’ locker room following a loss over the weekend.
According to the K League, the operator of domestic professional football competitions, Kim Ho, CEO of Daejeon Citizen in the second-tier K League 2, entered the referees’ room to complain about officiating during Daejeon’s 2-1 loss to Asan Mugunghwa FC on Saturday. The match took place at Daejeon World Cup Stadium in Daejeon, some 160 kilometers (99 miles) south of Seoul.
League officials said the refs’ locker room is off-limits to all club officials, and Kim, a former national team head coach, forced his way into the area while using profanity.
“We need to verify facts further, but we’ve received a verbal report that Kim used foul language to voice his displeasure,” one official said.
Samsung Bluewings vie for spot in AFC knockout stage
Korean football club Suwon Samsung Bluewings will try to grab a spot in the knockout stage at the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Champions League this week when they play their last group stage match in Japan.
Suwon, two-time continental champions, will meet Kashima Antlers at Kashima Soccer Stadium in Kashima, Japan, today to play their final Group H match,
Only the top two teams from each group qualify for the knockout rounds of the AFC Champions League (ACL). Suwon are currently second in Group H after collecting seven points from two wins, two draws and one loss. They’re two points behind Kashima, which have already clinched a knockout berth.
Suwon can finish atop the group and confirm a round of 16 berth with a win over Kashima, but a draw or a loss would mean that their fate will depend on the result between Sydney FC and Shanghai Shenhua.
Sydney are currently third with five points, but since the Australians are likely to beat group-worst Shanghai at home, Suwon will need a victory against Kashima to secure their place.