Director Choi Kang-hee, ‘match-fixing scandal’ as Shandong Taishan Command Tower
Coach Choi Kang-hee has been appointed as the manager of ‘Fireman’ in Shandong Taishan in the Chinese Super League.
Shandong Taishan announced on the official website on the 16th that “Coach Kang-hee Choi has been appointed as the head coach of the first team in Shandong.”
Regarding coach Choi Kang-hee, the club said, “He served as a manager at famous Asian soccer clubs such as Jeonbuk Hyundai, Dalian Yifang, and Shanghai Shenhwa, and won the Asian Champions League and Korean K League 1 several times during the coaching period. He also won the Asia Best Director Award in 2016,” he explained.
The current mood in Shandong is not good.
Shandong, which is also the team of South Korean national team midfielder Son Jun-ho, is currently in an uproar over the match-fixing scandal. Until Choi Kang-hee took over as head coach, head coach Fabio from Brazil led Shandong instead, but the team’s performance was not good. With 1 win, 4 draws and 2 losses (7 points), they are in 11th place among 16 clubs in the first division.
Shandong’s ‘acting manager’ head coach Fabio previously assisted head coach Choi Kang-hee in the K-League Jeonbuk Hyundai as a coach.
Meanwhile, Son Jun-ho from Shandong is under investigation by the Chinese public security while in custody.
Earlier that day, according to Reuters and the BBC, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin answered a question about Son Jun-ho at a regular briefing, saying, “Recently, a Korean national was detained by the Liaoning Provincial Public Security Bureau on charges of ‘bribing non-state actors.'”
The crime of accepting bribes by non-state actors is applied when a person belonging to a company or other unit that is not a government agency illegally accepts property. If a sports player received an unfair request related to a game and took money or valuables, he could be involved in this crime. 안전놀이터
Shandong Taishan, Son Jun-ho’s team, was recently investigated by the public security for coach Hao Wei for match-fixing. As a result, there were observations that Son Jun-ho may be accused of match-fixing. However, agent Son Jun-ho denied the allegation of match-fixing, saying, “We are being investigated for bribery.”
On the 12th, Son Jun-ho was arrested while trying to leave the country through Shanghai Airport. ‘Reuters’ quoted Korean diplomatic authorities in China and said, “The consulate requested a meeting with Son Jun-ho as soon as possible.”
Agent Son Jun-ho said, “It seems that the Korean consul and Son Jun-ho will meet tomorrow.”