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Hwang Ui-jo is happy after scoring the team's fourth goal in the Hana Bank invitational national soccer team evaluation match between Korea and Tunisia held at the Seoul World Cup Stadium in Seongsan-dong, Mapo-gu on the afternoon of the 13th.
The Korea Football Association (KFA) is holding a meeting to discuss whether Hwang Ui-jo (Norwich City), who has recently had controversy over his private life, including allegations of illegal filming, will be selected for the national team in the future.
On the 28th, KFA announced, “At 3:30 pm today, we plan to form a discussion body consisting of members of the Ethics Committee, Fairness Committee, and National Power Strengthening Committee to discuss issues related to Hwang Ui-jo.”
Hwang Ui-jo was recently investigated by the police on charges of illegal filming.
On the 20th, the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency said, “We believe that Hwang Ui-jo is suspected of illegally filming, so we are converting him into a suspect and conducting an investigation.”
The issue arose when a woman, Ms. A, who previously posted a post and video exposing Hwang Ui-jo's private life on social media, was arrested on the 16th.
Ms. A claims to be Hwang Eui-jo's former lover on social media last June, and she is accused of sharing photos and videos of him and several women. As a result of the investigation, it was confirmed that Ms. A was Hwang Eui-jo's sister-in-law.
Hwang Ui-jo claimed that he received threats to distribute photos after his cell phone was stolen in November of last year, and that the information was all false.
However, the controversy grew after the victim of Hwang Ui-jo's alleged illegal filming revealed that he "never consented to the filming." The victim's side, through a law firm, is refuting Hwang Ui-jo's claim that it was a "consensual video between lovers."
Attorney Lee Eun-eui, the legal representative for the victim of the alleged 'illegal filming' of soccer team member Hwang Ui-jo, is refuting the statement distributed by Hwang Ui-jo at his office in Seocho-gu, Seoul on the 23rd by disclosing messenger conversations, etc.
Afterwards, Hwang Ui-jo's side made comments that could reveal the victim's identity, sparking controversy over 'secondary harm'.
Amid a series of privacy controversies, Hwang Ui-jo left for China on the 19th as a member of 'Klinsmann' and played as a second half substitute in the 2026 North and Central America World Cup Asia 2nd round qualifier against China (3-0 win) on the 21st. Regarding this, voices of criticism toward KFA grew louder.
In relation to this, coach Jurgen Klinsmann said, “Hwang Ui-jo is our player. The exact charges have not yet been proven. “Until clear charges emerge, Hwang Ui-jo is a national team player.”
Despite various criticisms, Hwang Eui-jo returned to his team and scored the winning goal against QPR on the 26th, leading to a 1-0 victory.
As the controversy grew, KFA decided to form a discussion organization to deal with the issue. His qualifications for the national team are expected to be discussed.
Recently, voices from civic groups as well as political circles are growing that KFA should take measures to strip Hwang Ui-jo of his national team qualification or ban him from playing.
Tuesday, November 28, 2023
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