Son Jun-ho (31, Shandong), who is playing in China as a member of the Qatar World Cup, was found to have been detained for investigation into a club bribery-related incident, not match-fixing.
The Korean Embassy in China said on the 15th, “We understand that the public security authorities in China’s Liaoning Province are investigating Son Jun-ho while he is in custody.”
Reuters also reported, citing an official from the Korean Embassy in Beijing, that Son Jun-ho has been under investigation by the authorities in a state of “criminal detention” since the 12th.
Chinese media reported that there is a high possibility that Shandong players, including Son Jun-ho, are being investigated for misconduct, including match-fixing by coach Hao Wei. However, it was revealed that Son Jun-ho was detained in relation to bribery, not match-fixing.
Agent Son Jun-ho said in a phone call with Xports News on the 15th, “Son Jun-ho was caught in connection with bribery. (Hao Wei) former coach was arrested on the same charge and we are looking into whether it is related.” I think he will be released in time. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Korean Embassy in China are also cooperating.”
Regarding the situation before Son Jun-ho’s detention, he said, “Son Jun-ho’s family was staying in China together, but they tried to return to Korea for personal reasons. “I was going to come with them. I had also purchased a round-trip ticket to China,” he said. “In the meantime, the authorities ordered Son Jun-ho to be suspended from leaving the country. After Son Jun-ho passed immigration inspection, he was caught by the public security in front of the boarding gate.” did. 토토사이트
The Korea Football Association also said through Xports News, “We have been in contact with Son Jun-ho’s parents. Currently, we are detained by the authorities for reasons such as club misconduct.”
Son Jun-ho is one of the central midfielders representing Korean football.
Born in 1992, he went through Pocheol Technical High School and Yeungnam University and joined Pohang Steelers in 2014 to begin his professional career.
He played as a member of the Incheon Asian Games gold medal in 2014, moved to Jeonbuk Hyundai in 2018, and entered Chinese professional football Shandong in 2021.
Son Jun-ho, who has accumulated careers such as 1st place in K-League assists in 2017 and MVP in K-League 1 in 2020, was first selected for the adult national team in 2018 and played in the 2022 Qatar World Cup against Uruguay, Portugal and Brazil (Round of 16) He participated in a total of 20 matches in A matches.