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The fact that Arsenal's Chu-Young Park was selected as one of his nation's "over-age" players makes for an interesting story.
For anyone not aware of the situation regarding the South Korean, here's the breakdown. Earlier this year it was reported that the Arsenal man would delay his mandatory military service, which meant he could continue his career in Europe.
One consequence of that led to him not being selected for South Korea's World Cup qualification games in late May, early June. Here is what his coach had to say on the issue. Via Goal.com:
"On his decision to overlook Park, Choi Kang-Hee told reporters: "I think he should publicise his thoughts clearly. A national team must take into account not only an individual player's capability but the atmosphere of the whole team."
He added: "What is important is whether a player is willing to sacrifice for the team and whether he has pride in his team."
Park took a step in the right direction with an apology and stated his intent to do his service, and will turn out for his nation again during the tournament.
With all that having transpired during the last few months, Park could do himself even more of a favour by putting in some good performances for South Korea in this tournament.
It probably won't mend everything right away but it would certainly help.