S Korea’s Son hurt finger in brawl before Asian Cup loss: KFA

TOTTENHAM Hotspurs captain Son Heung-min injured his fin­ger in a brawl with a teammate on the eve of South Korea’s hu­miliating loss to Jordan at the Asian Cup, the Korean football body said, with one player in­volved issuing an apology on social media Wednesday.


South Korea, ranked 23rd in the world, was beaten 2-0 by 87th-ranked Jordan in the semi-finals of the Asian Football Confedera­tion competition in Qatar.


According to a report from British newspaper The Sun, Son dislocated his finger in a “bust-up” that erupted at dinner the night before the game.


The incident reportedly happened after some younger players on the team — including Lee Kang-in of Paris Saint-Ger­main — rushed through their meal so they could leave early to play table tennis.


This displeased Son, the team’s captain, and some of the older players, as meals on the eve of big games are traditionally seen as a time for bonding.


An unnamed source told the newspaper that when Son asked his younger teammates to sit down, “some disrespectful things were said to him”.


“Within seconds, the row spilled into the dining area and players were being pulled apart,” the source was quoted as saying. “Son badly injured his finger try­ing to calm everyone down.”


Lee acknowledged the inci­dent on his Instagram account in a post on Wednesday and apol­ogized for “disappointing” his fans. — AFP