National soccer player Son Jun-ho detained by Chinese police for bribery
It has been confirmed that South Korean soccer player Son Jun-ho has been detained by Chinese public security agencies on bribery charges.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said at a regular press conference on the 16th that player Son Jun-ho has been criminally detained by the Liaoning Provincial Public Security Department since the 12th for “suspicion of taking bribes.”
Spokesman Wang said안전놀이터, “China, as a country governed by the rule of law, handles related cases according to the law and guarantees the legitimate rights and interests of the parties involved.” We will provide you with the convenience you need.”
The ‘crime of accepting bribes by non-state actors’ is when an individual or company illegally accepts property. If a sports player receives money or valuables in exchange for an unreasonable request in connection with a game, he may be subject to these same charges.
Son Jun-ho, did you really participate in the match fixing?
▲ Captured from British BBC broadcasting the news of Son Jun-ho’s detention by Chinese public security
Previously, Son Jun-ho was arrested by the public security while trying to leave the country through Shanghai Airport on the 12th. It is known that the head coach Hao Wei and some players of Shandong Taishan club, where Son Jun-ho plays, are being investigated by the public security for match-fixing charges.
Major foreign media outlets such as Reuters and BBC also reported the news of Son Jun-ho’s detention and said, “Chinese professional football has long been embroiled in bribery and match-fixing controversies.”
However, some point out that considering Son Jun-ho’s name value and position, there is little reason to participate in match-fixing. Son Jun-ho is a high-income earner with billions of won, and he is a defensive midfielder, so it is difficult to directly determine a win or loss.
So far, most of the players who have participated in match-fixing in soccer games are the forward strikers, the last defenders, and the goalkeepers.
Son Jun-ho, who made his professional debut in 2014, joined Shandong Taishan in 2021 after going through K-League Pohang Steelers and Jeonbuk Hyundai. He was also selected for the national team and played 20 A matches, and also participated in the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
Shandong Taishan, facing bad news, coach Choi Kang-hee as the new head coach
▲ Son Jun-ho, the Korean national football team
The Korea Football Association (KFA) asked the Shandong Taishan club why Son Jun-ho was detained, but did not receive an answer. Accordingly, the Chinese Football Association and the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) sent official letters to identify the situation.
In the midst of this, Shandong Taishan appointed Choi Kang-hee as the new head coach instead of coach Hao-wei, who is accused of match-fixing.
Shandong Taishan announced the appointment of Choi Kang-hee as coach on the same day, saying, “I have coached the Korean national team, Jeonbuk Hyundai, Dalian Yifang, Shanghai Shenhua, etc.” He also won the Asia Best Director Award.”
Shandong Taishan is under investigation by the public security for match-fixing charges for its coach and players, and is only 9th out of 16 clubs with 7 points (1 win, 4 draws, 2 losses) this season. recruited