‘K-League native’ Thai legend, worried about Korean referee…”Park Hang-seo is also Korean”

A Korean referee should not have been the referee for the final.”

Piyapong Phion (64), a legend of Thai soccer, expressed concern about the appointment of a Korean referee ahead of the Vietnam War.

Vietnam, led by coach Park Hang-seo (64), will play the first leg of the 2022 AFF (ASEAN Football Federation) Mitsubishi Electric Cup final against Thailand at 9:30 pm (Korean time) on the 13th at My Dinh National Stadium in Hanoi, Vietnam. The second game will be held at Thammasat Stadium in Pathum Thani, Thailand on the 16th. 바카라

Vietnam advanced to the final by beating Indonesia under Shin Tae-yong in the semifinals. The ‘defending champion’ Thailand defeated Malaysia, led by coach Kim Pan-gon, to reach the finals for two consecutive tournaments.

According to ‘Vietnam Net’, Piion, a senior member of the Thai national team, could not hide his anxiety ahead of the final. He is a legend who scored 70 goals in 100 games wearing the Thailand national team uniform. Piion played for Lucky Goldstar Bull from 1984 to 1986 and also played with coach Park Hang-seo. 

Piion pointed out that the referee for the first leg of the final was Ko Hyeong-jin, a Korean national. He worried, “The most important factor in this match is the referee. Ko Hyeong-jin, the referee, is a Korean like coach Park Hang-seo. He should not be the referee because he could be suspicious.” 

It is an argument that regardless of whether the judgment was biased, the situation itself that would cause controversy should be avoided. Vietnam Net also said, “Everyone knows that director Park Hang-seo is also Korean.”

Piion was also concerned about the difference in condition and the home advantage. “Vietnam rested more than Thailand. Matches between the two teams have always been very hot, so the atmosphere in the crowd and off the field will also affect it,” he said. “In the first leg, Thailand is at a disadvantage in every way. The second leg would be very comfortable, but I don’t think it will be.”