Jürgen Klinsmann, the head coach of the South Korean national soccer team, has spoken out after another controversial incident in which he asked an opposing player for a jersey to give to his son.
Here’s what happened. After a friendly match against the Welsh national team at Cardiff Stadium in Wales on Aug. 8, Klinsmann approached Aaron Ramsey, their top star, and asked for his jersey. “My son texted me before the game and said, ‘Can you get me Ramsey’s jersey,’ so I asked him for it,” Klinsmann said.
The national team’s performance in this game was abysmal. They didn’t get a single shot on target and were held to a narrow 0-0 draw. On top of that, the team hadn’t won in five games since Klinsmann’s arrival, including a home draw against an underdog El Salvador.
When news broke that the national team coach had requested a jersey from an opposing player, domestic soccer fans were outraged. “The controversy continues,” “It’s worse than I thought,” and other negative reactions online.
Klinsmann responded to the controversy. “The physical therapist for my son’s team is Welsh, and he asked for it,” Klinsmann explained at a press conference at Incheon International Airport on Thursday afternoon.
“I didn’t realize it was going to be such a big deal,” Klinsmann said. “I didn’t realize it was going to be an issue, but it’s kind of sad anyway. “I didn’t know it was going to be an issue, but it’s kind of sad anyway, because my son’s social media has been criticized pretty badly since this story came out,” he said.
Klinsmann’s son, Jonathan Klinsmann, currently plays goalkeeper for the LA Galaxy in Major League Soccer (MLS). In fact, there are still offensive comments on his social media accounts that are believed to have been written by Koreans.온라인바카라
Klinsmann continued, “In my 40 years of soccer, I have exchanged many jerseys. I have a lot of players’ jerseys at home, not just Ramsey’s,” Klinsmann added.