Unsportsmanlike Conduct for Team Uzbekistan During King’s Cup in Thailand
kpride, Feb. 3, 2015, 10:41 a.m.
The Korea Football Association has sent a letter of complaint to the organizing committee of the King's Cup in Thailand, demanding serious punishment for Uzbekistan players who misbehaved during the match against Korea's U-22 team on Sunday.
Korea beat Uzbekistan 1-0 thanks to a goal by Song Joo-hoon in the 23rd minute, but Korean players had to suffer violent tackles and beatings from the opponents throughout the match. Two Uzbek players were sent off, but the brutality of the team was practically unheard-of.
Jaloliddin Masharipov attacked Kang Sang-woo with a "kung-fu kick" to the chest in the 77th minute, and eight minutes later Tohirjon Shamshitdinov showed off his boxing skills by punching Sim Sang-min in the face three times. Korean players remained calm but were stunned by their opponents' absurd behavior. The global press has been in uproar. "Uzbekistan under-22s prove themselves to be football's most violent team," wrote the U.K.'s Daily Mirror, linking Shamshitdinov's action to a possible "murder charge."