“Out, out, out!”
Before the 27th round of the Hana OneQ K League 1 between FC Seoul and Daegu FC at Seoul World Cup Stadium on the afternoon of Sept. 19, all eyes were on the grass. This is because the Saemangeum World Scout Jamboree was disrupted on the 11th, and after the closing ceremony, the K-POP concert had to be moved from the Saemangeum campground to Jeonju World Cup Stadium and then up to Seoul.
Normally, when non-soccer events such as concerts are held at the Seoul World Cup Stadium, some of the east side stands are moved inside and a stage is set up in the space. In order to prevent damage to the grass due to increased awareness, the stage was set up inside the stands, and the audience tended to enjoy themselves in the stands unless there was a special occasion.
However, this time was different. The stage was set up in the area around the goalposts in the south stands, and chairs were placed all over the grass. The stage was dismantled immediately after the concert and the new turf was seeded, but the lack of ventilation during the hot, humid summer made it uneven from a distance. The bumpy surface caused the ball to bounce irregularly when dribbling.
“I didn’t want to look at the grass,” says Ahn Ik-soo, head coach of Seoul, “I felt really bad. I don’t think the people involved in sports understand how sports affect society. As a person who works in sports, if I knew how sports leads society, what messages it sends, and what role it plays in the process of leading a country,” he said, expressing his sincere regret for the government agencies that implement policies.
This is especially impressive coming from the head of a club that pays big bucks to lease and use stadiums, and is usually cautious and focused on future value. It was a warning to the developed world that they were ignoring the industrial role of soccer in favor of more advanced sports. “That’s a lot of words,” Seoul officials said.
As it turned out, Ahn’s blunt comments were made after the game, when he had made up his mind to hang up his boots. Although Han Seung-kyu escaped with an own goal from goalkeeper Oh Seung-hoon, the fans were tired of the repetition of equalizing and then conceding again, and booed the players who greeted them, even after the 2-2 draw moved them up to fourth place. Ahn Ik-soo, who was near the bench, became somewhat agitated at the chants of “get out,” and coach Kim Jin-gyu tried to calm him down.
At the post-match press conference, Ahn calmly explained the problems and improvements, but at the end, he pulled out his tablet PC and announced his resignation, saying, “I have prepared the stool of resignation”. “I believe that change is necessary for Seoul to move forward, and I believe 바카라 it is necessary at this time. “I have done my best to fulfill my promise to the fans and my heart’s desire, but I have not been able to achieve what I had hoped for and I am stepping down. This is the end of my role,” he said, declaring that he could no longer march with the team.
As Ahn’s resignation was announced, the Seoul front office was caught off guard by the unexpected words. The press was also taken aback by the suddenness of the announcement, and it was only a matter of time before Ahn was called into the players’ dressing room.