‘Exceeding’ West Ham fans… It’s not the first time ‘racism’ towards Son Heung-min

Son Heung-min was racially discriminated against during an English professional football match. This is not the first time racism towards Tottenham striker Son Heung-min has been observed.

On the 20th (Korean time), Son Heung-min scored a key goal in the 27th minute of the second half, leading 1-0 against West Ham at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, England, in the 24th round of the EPL.

Son Heung-min, who was substituted for Hischarlisson in the 23rd minute of the second half of the day, split the opponent’s net with a right-footed shot four minutes after stepping on the ground. Son Heung-min, who scored the 5th goal in the league this season, was also selected as the Man of the Match (MOM). The match ended with Tottenham winning 2-0.

However, an unfortunate incident occurred towards Son Heung-min. According to the Tottenham club, some fans of West Ham, who lost the game, committed racist acts toward Son Heung-min through social media.

After the game,온라인바카라 through the official Twitter account, the Tottenham club said, “We confirmed that shameful racist abuse towards Son Heung-min occurred during today’s game.” “We will stand with Sonny (Son Heung-min). I urge you,” he said.

This is not the first time West Ham fans have been racist towards Son Heung-min. In November 2017, a man asked Son Heung-min, who was signing autographs for a fan in the car, “Can you bring me a new copy?” When Son Heung-min said, “What do you mean?”, the man said, “DVD. Do you sell DVDs?”

DVD is a term used to ridicule Asians. It came from the prejudice that Chinese people sold a lot of pirated DVDs in the past. However, Son Heung-min rather showed a cool response by raising his thumb and raising his window as if ignoring it. In October 2018, a West Ham fan was fined 184 pounds (about 290,000 won) for making racist remarks toward Son Heung-min during a Carabao Cup match.

Son Heung-min also faced racism from Manchester United and Chelsea fans. In April 2021, Scott McTominay hit Son Heung-min in the face in a match against Manchester United, which was found to be a foul after a video review. Some Manchester United fans made racist remarks towards Son Heung-min on social media.

At the time, Son Heung-min’s SNS was flooded with racist remarks such as “Sell DVDs” and “Eat dogs”. British police have identified 12 people during their investigation. All 12 were male and ranged in age from 20 to 63 years. Instead of formally prosecuting them, the police made Son Heung-min write a letter of apology.

During a match against Chelsea in August of last year, a fan in the stands made a sideways tearing motion towards Son Heung-min, who was kicking a corner kick. This act was captured on a live camera and spread on social media. After confirming his identity, the Chelsea club issued a lifetime ban on the fan, who is a season ticket holder.

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