KFA responds to ‘unconfirmed email controversy’, says it was “verbally confirmed and coordinated”
The Korea Football Association answered the controversy over the unidentified email from Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) over the transfer of Lee Kang-in.
The Asian Games national team, led by head coach Hwang Sun-hong, will challenge for its third consecutive victory at the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games. To recreate the glory, South Korea called in the best resources. Among them, Lee Kang-in was selected as the core.
Lee Kang-in is also classified as a key resource in the A national team. Lee Kang-in, who was active in Majorca last season, changed his uniform to PSG. The issue of transfer has emerged as a variable here. Lee Kang-in reportedly agreed to transfer to the Asian Games with the club when he was in Majorca. However, when he transferred to PSG, he went back to square one.
PSG manager Luis Enrique, who visited Korea last month, gave a theoretical answer to Lee Kang-in’s transfer, saying, “I don’t know well at the moment,” adding, “When I go to international competitions, I know that I officially get requests from the club and respond accordingly.”
Thus, the tug-of-war negotiations continued, and the thread was not released until five days before the first match. Coach Hwang met with reporters at the Paju National Training Center (NFC) in the morning of the 14th and said, “PSG has decided to give an answer by the 13th, but there is no answer when he will send Lee Kang-in.”메이저사이트
Lee Kang-in is a key player in the Asian Games national team. Photo = Korea Football Association
Then, a new story came out at the scene of returning to the national team A later in the day. A media outlet quoted the association as saying, “There is an email from PSG,” adding, “The person in charge is flying with the A national team from London. It is expected to be revealed in the evening, he said.
Fans criticized the situation in which they could not immediately check the mail ahead of the important transfer issue. If he had known that the mail had arrived, Hwang’s interview could have changed.
An official from the association explained on the 15th, “I was just saying that I checked it verbally, but it’s not that I couldn’t check the mail.” “There was an e-mail and a mention of the conditions,” he said. “We couldn’t share them all because we were in the middle of coordination at the last minute.” He said, “For more information, the person in charge asked me to contact him because he was returning home soon,” adding, “At that time, coordination was underway.”
Lee Kang-in (PSG) will join Hwang Sun-hong during his group stage schedule.
In the end, PSG allowed Lee Kang-in to be transferred. The association said on the same day, “As a result of consultation with PSG, we finally agreed that Lee Kang-in will join after the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) Champions League (UCL) match against Borussia Dortmund on the 19th local time.”
“Lee Kang-in will move to Hangzhou, China, on the 20th local time and join the Asian Games national team,” he added.
The association said, “We received an e-mail from PSG on the 13th that we would allow him to be transferred to the Asian Games on the premise of adjusting the schedule for the Asian Cup,” adding, “We consulted with PSG until late at night on the 14th and finally received an official answer that we would allow him to join the national team without other prerequisites.”
As the timing of Lee Kang-in’s joining was decided, Hwang Sun-hong’s plan to operate the tournament became clear. Starting with the match against Kuwait on the 19th, Hwang Sun-hong will clash with Thailand on the 21st and Bahrain on the 24th. Lee Kang-in is expected to appear in the third group match as he plays against Dortmund.