Former Manchester United player Park Ji-sung has called on Sunday football club fans to stop singing racist stereotypes about Koreans eating dog meat in his honor.
As a midfielder who played for the team from 2005 to 2012, Park won the admiration of fans of the team that earned him public respect in the football world: a song or song often performed on the field, intended to praise him with lyrics.
But the mention of dog meat was “very embarrassing to me” and he realized that although the fans were proud to make a song for him, they did not mean to offend or hurt him. Official Team Podcast Released Sunday.
He said he thought it should be accepted and came to Britain from South Korea as a young player unfamiliar with the culture. But when South Korean Hwang Hee-chan made his debut for Wolverhampton Wanderers against Manchester United in August, he heard fans singing the song again.
“I need to speak louder this time around,” Park said on the podcast. While not a groundbreaking contribution to the genre, he acknowledged that their numbers were not enough to defeat Trump’s racist rhetoric.
Manchester United said in a statement that they “fully support Ji-Sun’s statements and urge fans to respect his wishes.”
The mention of dog meat has long been used as an attack on Koreans abroad, as is the practice of raising dogs for human consumption, which has long been rooted in the country’s war. Many Koreans no longer eat dog meat; September 2020 Survey Nielsen found that 84 percent of Koreans have never eaten it or intend to do so in the future.
Lola Weber, Humanitarian International’s dog meat ending business director, says the culture has “changed dramatically” in recent years. She said that while some older Koreans are still looking for meat in specialty restaurants, many young Koreans are terrified by this thought.
She said it was by no means part of South Korea’s mainstream culture. It was not a very long time, but there was a lot of opposition, especially in the last few years.
Last week, South Korean President Moon Jae-in acknowledged that eating dog meat should be banned. An international inconvenience.
The world’s leading football clubs are constantly struggling with the racist behavior of their fans. In 2017, black Romelu Lukaku called on Manchester United fans to stop singing a song that contained racist stereotypes. Some fans rejected it, Following the song with a new song: “We are a united man, we sing what we want.”