Professional soccer K League 1 club Jeonbuk Hyundai released a statement on Sunday night in response to the Korean Football Association’s dismissal of its request for a forfeit in the ‘substitution mistake’ case, saying, “We are disappointed, but we have decided to respect the decision and opinion of the league.” “We hope that the regulations will be interpreted and applied fairly and consistently in the future, so that similar situations such as this one will not recur,” Jeonbuk said. Earlier in the day, the professional league announced that it did not accept Jeonbuk’s appeal that the result of the K League 1 35th round match between Jeonbuk and Pohang Steelers at Jeonju World Cup Stadium on March 28 should be corrected to a 0-3 forfeit loss for Pohang.
In the match, due to a refereeing error, Pohang’s Kim In-sung was substituted even though he did not come off the field, resulting in Jeonbuk facing a record 12 Pohang players for six minutes. At the time, fullback Kim Yong-hwan was injured and had to be replaced by Shin Kwang-hoon in the same position, but due to an internal error, Pohang wrote “Kim In-sung out” instead of “Kim Yong-hwan out” on the substitution sheet.
If the referee had executed the substitution correctly according to Pohang’s substitution sheet, there would have been no problem under the rules, but the referee “mistakenly” thought that the player being substituted for Shin was Kim Yong-hwan .Jeonbuk claimed Pohang’s forfeit based on the KFA rules, which state that if an “ineligible player” participates in a match, the player’s club is considered to have suffered a 0-3 forfeit loss. However, the KFA ruled that Kim In-sung and Shin Kwang-hoon did not fall under the definition of ‘ineligible players’ as 바카라사이트 Pohang was not at fault.