Former Manchester United midfielder Ji-Sung Park has requested the membership’s followers to cease singing a tune about him that comprises a adverse racial stereotype about Korean individuals.
The previous South Korean worldwide footballer, who’s at present an envoy for Manchester United, advised the official UTD podcast that he believes the mantra, which comprises a reference to Koreans consuming canine meat, makes Korean gamers really feel uncomfortable.
He added that he doesn’t consider followers imply to trigger offence with it.
Park claims some United supporters sang the tune in direction of Wolverhampton Wanders’ new signing Hee-Chan Hwang – a South Korean worldwide who signed from RB Leipzig in August – throughout their fixture at Molineux in August.
“If I’m being sincere, I ought to in all probability communicate out loud extra this time,” he advised the podcast.
“In that point (once I was a participant at United), 15 years in the past, the whole lot modified from Holland to England, I needed to adapt and begin from zero.
“So, once I heard that tune at the moment, I felt very proud first as a result of they created a tune for me, which is nice for a participant. However once I heard concerning the lyric – about consuming canine meat – it was very uncomfortable for me.
“I used to be younger, I did not know the tradition right here, so it was in all probability one of many issues I needed to settle for. I by no means thought the followers created the songs with dangerous meanings. They at all times make a tune to provide some power to the gamers. That is my thought. That is why I accepted it.”
He added that instances have modified since he performed in England and after listening to followers sing his tune in the course of the Wolves sport, he “felt I wanted to do one thing”.
“Even in Korea it modified lots. It’s true that, traditionally, individuals have been consuming canine meat. However today, notably the younger technology, they hate it. It was there earlier than however today you actually cannot discover it. So the tradition is altering,” he added.
“So I am actually sorry for him to listen to that. I do know the United followers did not imply any offence to him, however I’ve to teach the followers to cease that phrase, which today is a racial insult to the Korean individuals.
“I’ve to ask the followers to cease singing that phrase as a result of it is not cheering up somebody anymore, it may be extra discomfort once they hear that tune.”
Park signed for Manchester United in 2005, from Dutch membership PSV Eindhoven.
He went on to make 134 appearances, scoring 19 targets in seven years, earlier than transferring to Queens Park Rangers.
He retired in 2014, after a stint again at Eindhoven.