Football fans stage rally to protest recruitment haltThe football community on Friday staged a rally near the Blue House in Seoul to protest the abrupt recruitment halt at a police football club.
Nearly 300 officials, coaches, former and active players, and players’ families took to the streets to denounce the recruitment stoppage at Asan Mugunghwa FC, a club in the second-tier K League 2 under the National Police Agency’s watch.
Mugunghwa FC, which is managed by the Korean National Police Academy, was founded in 1996 with the purpose of helping footballers stay in the game while fulfilling their mandatory military duties.
The Korean government last year announced it will abolish the auxiliary police by 2023 and recruitment would end by 2022. But the National Police Agency ordered the police academy to stop recruiting athletes immediately and disband its sports teams by next year.
In a letter, football fans claimed that the disbandment of the police club will weaken the competitiveness of the country’s football.