Uzbekistan Issues Apology Over U-22’s Footballer’s Violence
luvsmiling, Feb. 4, 2015, 11 a.m.
The Uzbek football authority has officially apologized for the violent behavior of the country's players in Sunday's U-22 match against Korea in the King's Cup in Thailand. The Korea Football Association on Tuesday said the Uzbekistan team and the Uzbekistan Football Federation apologized "for the unsportsmanlike conduct of their players."
Korea beat Uzbekistan 1-0 on Sunday, but Korean players suffered a series of violent assaults by the Uzbek players throughout the match. Jaloliddin Masharipov attacked Kang Sang-woo with a "kung-fu kick" to the chest in the 77th minute, and eight minutes later Tohirjon Shamshitdinov punched Sim Sang-min in the face three times as if it were a boxing match.
The two players were sent off but the scale of the violence drew much criticism from the international media. According to the KFA, the Uzbek manager and coaching staff and Shamshitdinov visited the Korean camp on Monday and apologized to Sim and the rest of the team.
The federation also sent a letter to its Korean counterpart with a promise of serious disciplinary action for those involved from the federation as well as their respective clubs. The organizers of the King's Cup held a disciplinary committee meeting on Monday and banned Shamshitdinov from playing in the rest of the matches and the Uzbek authority immediately sent him home.