12 fans write letters of apology for racially abusing Son Heung-min on social media

연합뉴스 / 2022-06-21 17:45:03
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▲ This photo, provided by Reuters, shows Tottenham's Son Heung-min. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

 

 

SEOUL, June 21 (Yonhap) – The 12 local fans who racially abused S. Korean football star Son Heung-min(30), who plays as a forward for English Premier League(EPL) Tottenham, have been given “community resolutions” from the police.

Sky Sports reported on June 21(KST) that a group of 12 men who wrote racist posts about Son on the social media page have written apologies to the Tottenham forward.

The abuse took place after Spurs’ 3-1 home defeat to Manchester United in the English Premier League(EPL) match on Apr. 12.

In the 33rd minute of the first half of the match, Manchester United's Edinson Cavani scored, but Scott McTominay, who passed to Cavani earlier, committed a foul by hitting Son Heung-min in the face with his right hand, leading the goal to be canceled after the referee checked AR.

Fans of Manchester United criticized Son on various social media pages, including Twitter, and there were racist tweets that crossed the line.

The Metropolitan Police launched a number of raids across England and Wales, detaining 12 men that are aged between 20 and 63 under suspicion of stirring up racial hatred. Some of them were even arrested and interviewed under caution.

After the investigation, the police decided to wrap up the case with a "community resolution" instead of formally indicting them.

Community Resolutions is a system for the police to deal with appropriate low level offences and offenders, such as apologizing to victims without prosecution or allowing them to involve in community service when the crime is not significant.

(This article is translated from Korean to English by Kim Sun Min.)

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