What about national anthem booing and laser terrorism?… ‘Chinese signboard’ Woo Lei points out Son Heung-min’s ‘shush ceremony’ → Controversy over red-shirted suit – Xports News VRESP

(Xports News Reporter Kwon Dong-hwan) Chinese national soccer team’s signature striker Wu Lei (Shanghai Haigang) emphasized courtesy to fans to Son Heung-min (Tottenham Hotspur), bringing back into the spotlight the unreasonable behavior of Chinese home fans.

Recently, it attracted attention as it was revealed that Chinese striker Wu Lei had urged Korean national team captain Son Heung-min to behave like a world class player during an international match against South Korea.

The situation occurred in the second match of Group C of the 2026 FIFA North and Central America World Cup Asian region second qualifying round in November last year. Korea and China, who were grouped in the second round of the World Cup qualifiers, faced each other at the Universiade Sports Center in Shenzhen, China, on November 21, 2023.

At that time, the Korean national team defeated China 3-0 thanks to Son Heung-min’s multiple goals in the 11th and 45th minutes of the first half and Jeong Seung-hyun (Al Wasl)’s additional goal. With this victory, the national team avenged the 0-1 loss away to China in the 2018 Russia World Cup Asian final qualifier held in Changsha, China in March 2017. In addition, in the recent 5 A matches against China, they had an overwhelming advantage of 4 wins and 1 draw.

At that time, Son Heung-min became a hot topic by cleanly succeeding in the penalty kick taken by Hwang Hee-chan (Wolverhampton Wanderers) in the 11th minute of the first half and then holding his index finger to his mouth and performing a ‘shut ceremony’. It was a ceremony to tell the Chinese fans, who had booed loudly from the beginning of the game, to be quiet.

Then, Woo Ray approached Son Heung-min, frowned, and strongly protested. Hwang Hee-chan separated the two players, and Woo Ray continued to say something to the referee. At the time, it was unknown what competitions Woo Ray and Son Heung-min had exchanged, but about four months later, Woo Ray personally explained the situation at the time.

In an interview with China’s CCTV, Wu Lei revealed that he had urged Son Heung-min last year that he should show world-class behavior. According to the media, Wu Lei asked Son Heung-min at the time, “If you are a world-class player, shouldn’t you hold a provocative ceremony right in front of Chinese fans?”

As a national team player, it is worthy of praise for stopping an opponent who provokes his country’s fans, but considering the attitude that Chinese home fans showed towards Taegeuk Warriors, including Son Heung-min, Wu Lei’s attitude was pointed out as hostile.

In a game, booing can occur at any time, and it is the home fans’ privilege to intimidate their opponents with loud booing. However, on this day, Chinese fans raised eyebrows by booing the national anthem right before the game started.

When the national anthem is played, it is polite to stand up and sing along or listen, regardless of nationality, but Chinese fans did not stop booing even though the Korean national anthem was being played in the stadium.

Chinese fans did not stop at booing, but directly disrupted the game by shooting lasers into the eyes of players who started that day, including Son Heung-min and Lee Kang-in (PSG). Therefore, it was difficult to understand Wu Lei’s remarks pointing out that Son Heung-min did not respect Chinese fans because he had a ‘shush ceremony’.

Photo = Yonhap News

Reporter Kwon Dong-hwan [email protected]

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