Arriving last in a race, a player hit with a corner post: Son Heung-min's father accused of mistreatment in his academy

Arriving last in a race, a player hit with a corner post: Son Heung-min's father accused of mistreatment in his academy

The victim's parents filed a complaint. MAXPPP – Thierry Larret

The father of Tottenham star Son Heung-min and coaches at his training center in South Korea are the subject of a complaint for abuse, filed by the family of Tottenham star Son Heung-min. a student, the South Korean press reported on Wednesday.

South Korean media reported allegations of physical and verbal violence against one of the students at the academy run by Son Woong-jung: a coach allegedly hit the player with a corner flag during practice, causing an injury that required weeks of treatment.

A report to the police

Himself a former footballer, Son Woong-jung, 62, admitted that the incident had occurred, but denied that it happened. It was physical abuse. "This incident was not corporal punishment, but a mutually agreed upon act as part of physical training" , said the father of the Korean international playing in the Premier League in a press release. He added that the player had come last in a race and was supposed to be hit once on the thigh. .

A report was made to the police in March by the parents of the young player, supporting a photo of the alleged injury. The latter was published by the Yonhap news agency.

"Introspection to redeem myself"

"Thinking of the fear my son must have felt, I am angry", said the student's father, according to Yonhap agency. "I decided to report the matter to the police because I didn't want another thing like this to happen again. Son Woong-jung said he tried to resolve the matter amicably, but the parents demanded a settlement ;worth several hundred million won (hundreds of thousands of euros).

"We are currently awaiting a fair judgment based on facts", he said in the statement. Son admitted that his training methods did not meet the new standards for players' rights: "I'm going to do some soul-searching to make up for it. having insisted on my method.

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