South Korea's Ki Sung-Yeung Blames Scottish Fans For HIS Racist Taunts!
Ki Sung-Yeung, the South Korean Glasgow Celtic, has blamed Scottish fans for his perceived racist celebration following his goal against Japan in Tuesday's Asian Cup semi-final.
He claimed his intention was in fact to highlight abuse in Scottish football.
Ki opened the scoring from the spot at Al Gharafa Stadium and celebrated by appearing to impersonate a monkey in an apparent derogatory reference to Japanese people that outraged sections of the country's media.
However, the Celtic midfielder revealed he was in fact trying to hit back against abuse suffered while playing in Scotland. Korea eventually lost on penalties to their regional rivals after the last-four encounter finished 2-2.
"The treatment he got from the Scottish league, especially in the away games, the people who made noises like the sound of the monkeys in Scotland when he played away games, that is something he wanted to highlight," a Korea Football Association spokesman said.
"Even though they call him a monkey as an Asian, he wanted to show how strong they are in Asia. That was the main intention."
As a Scotsman, I find this offensive that someone would say this about fans in this country.
Now, I cannot speak for every single one of them but as I visit various stadia all over the country commentating on Scottish football matches and I feel I have the right to comment on this.
Over the past 12 months, I have been to over 150 Scottish football league matches and have NEVER heard a racist comment made to any player, regardless of his colour or race.
If Ki was caught doing something he shouldn't have, he should be a man about it, hold his hands up and apologise. But what does he do? Blame the Scottish fans.
Scottish fans have their problems with abuse, most notably sectarianism within the Old Firm—but racism? No way man.
Never since the days of Mark Walters playing for the Rangers back in the '80s have I heard a racist comment in Scotland, and it irks me to hear someone saying that it's rife in Scotland.
Hopefully his club will reprimand him over his comments, but don't hold your breath.
Still, if the South Korean international has an ounce of sense, he will never set foot in Scotland ever again, because the abuse will now follow him around the grounds in Scotland—not because of racism but because of who he blamed.
He has now made a rod for his own back and when the monkey taunts are now directed to him, it won't be because of racism—it will be because he accused the Scottish fans of doing it to him.
Article originally published at My Scottish Football