South Korean national soccer team Hwang Ui-jo (31, Norwich City) has been removed from the national team list on charges of illegally filming his ex-lover without consent, the BBC reported.
The BBC reported on the 29th (local time) that ‘Hwang Eui-jo: Norwich City Striker is excluded from the Korean national team on charges of illegal filming’.
The BBC explained, “Hwang Ui-jo, a 31-year-old striker, is accused of filming scenes of sex with his ex-lover on his mobile phone and sharing them on social media,” adding, “The Korea Football Association removed Hwang Ui-jo from the national team list on the 28th.” 안전놀이터
According to the BBC, Norwich City is also aware of and responding to the problem. The BBC said, “The club is monitoring the progress of the case.” Nottingham Forest, Hwang Ui-jo’s original team, told the BBC that it would not take a position until the results of the investigation are released.
Earlier on the 28th, the Korea Football Association (KFA) formed a discussion body led by Lee Yoon-nam, chairman of the ethics committee, and held a meeting to decide not to select Hwang Ui-jo as a national team member until a clear conclusion is reached by the investigative agency. Right now, even participation in the 2024 Qatar Asian Cup, which will be held in January next year, is uncertain. If he is indicted and continues to trial, there is a possibility that his policy to exclude national universities will continue for years.
Jürgen Klinsmann, who leads the Korean national team, also said, “I fully understand the current situation and will respect the KFA’s decision.” Until the 22nd, Klinsmann said, “I can’t say that there is a crime and a problem right now. Until then, it’s my job to help the players show good performance on the field,” showing signs of defending Hwang Ui-jo, but stepping back.
Meanwhile, Hwang Ui-jo has drawn attention by scoring goals in two consecutive league games. He scored consecutive goals in the match against Queens Park Rangers (QPR) on the 26th and Watford on the 29th. In particular, in the match against QPR, he approached home fans, closed his eyes, and put his index finger on his mouth. Some interpreted that Hwang Ui-jo may have performed such a ceremony to emphasize his innocence.