The three letters of the name, ‘Choi Seong-guk’, reappeared after 12 years in the Korean soccer board, which had been considered a taboo word due to the Korea Football Association’s pardon.
Choi Seong-guk left the soccer world in disgrace after receiving a permanent ban from the Football Association for a match-fixing incident that shook the soccer world in 2011.
Choi Seong-guk, who was recently summoned again due to the amnesty issue. Again, he is receiving the stinging gaze of football fans and the public.
KBS met Choi Seong-guk in Paju with difficulty. Currently, Choi Seong-guk was driving a large bus for a youth soccer team. 안전놀이터
The enormous cost of match-fixing was revealed in Choi Seong-guk’s appearance 12 years later.
Choi Seong-guk, who had a bushy beard, struggled to open his mouth with his hat pressed down. Choi Seong-guk confessed that he is currently living a life of earning and living day by day.
“I’m making a living doing this and that, doing things I’ve never experienced before. I couldn’t get into a regular job, and there wasn’t a good look, and there was no place to accept me. I worked two jobs a day, working at a restaurant, doing delivery work, and taking the subway. I’m barely scraping by, doing construction work and delivery work.”
Choi Seong-guk, who is at the center of the recent amnesty issue, said, “I have never thought of going back to soccer as a coach.”
“I knew it after watching the news in the evening, but I was also very embarrassed and on the other hand, I was confused. I put my energy into the association. This kind of thing is nonsense. I’m so busy making a living that I can’t even meet and work with anyone.”
Choi Seong-guk is in a position that there was no communication with the Football Association in advance, saying that the Football Association’s unilateral attempt to pardon was regrettable.
“There was no communication at all, and there was nothing, but it’s unfortunate that I made this decision. Shouldn’t I have called before the pardon decision and asked how I’ve lived so far, whether the pardon would be appropriate ?I was just earning my living day by day, but the association suddenly pardoned me… . In the midst
of this, he clarified that it was not true at all that he was the current coach of the soccer team, as reported by one media outlet. He emphasized that he only served as a driver and a simple training assistant at the youth club, saying,
“A friend came and helped the kids and thought it would be better to work while resting. It’s to the point of taking care of the kids little by little, but I was surprised to see an article like ‘I’m powerful’… . I just like kids. I like kicking the ball, and I think about the old days, so I’m here to make time for a day. I was really taken aback when I saw the article. In fact, you shouldn’t be here to make a living. I don’t receive a separate salary, but I get pocket money from a friend.”
Choi Seong-guk said, “I am still deeply regretting my sins, and I have never thought about returning to the soccer field.
“For 12 years, I ran to feed my family, not to return to the soccer field. It’s the hardest thing to deal with. It’s natural for me to be scolded, scolded, beaten with eggs, and stoned for my mistakes, but having to deal with the children… I wonder if I’ll hurt them again.”
Choi Seong-guk shows how big a crime match-fixing is through his life over the past 12 years. Choi Seong-guk, who ended his soccer life in stigma from being a rising star in Korean soccer to being a participant in the worst match-fixing incident. Choi Seong-guk, now in his 40s, once again bowed his head to the soccer fans.
“I’m sorry for causing controversy, and 12 years is a short time, but I’ve lived my life to the best of my ability while trying not to harm football, and once again I’m sorry that I’ve caused damage to the Football Association or Korean football, and I’m reflecting on myself. There is. It has become an issue at the moment with whether or not to enter the soccer field, but please think of it as a friend’s consideration to take a break… I always feel sorry and say I’m sorry again. I hope that no more players like me will appear. I’m sorry. .”
If the pardon for the ‘World Cup Round of 16 self-congratulation’, which will be recorded as the worst mistake in Korean football, is the only legacy left, wouldn’t it be that it re-imprinted how big a crime match-fixing is and what will never be forgiven?
The current appearance of 42-year-old Choi Seong-guk is once again alerting all footballers to how devastating the cost of match-fixing crimes is.