Son Heung-min PK outright, English media ‘pocketed Newcastle-Saudi fee’ HomeAdvantage allegations
It was such an obvious foul. The referee turned a blind eye. There was no VAR, so I couldn’t fix it. British media suspected the home advantage caused by the relationship between Newcastle and Saudi Arabia.
The South Korean national soccer team, led by head coach Jürgen Klinsmann, won 1-0 thanks to Cho Kyu-sung’s goal in an A-match friendly match against Saudi Arabia at St. James’ Park in Newcastle, England on the 13th (Korea time).먹튀검증
However, in the 35th minute of the first half with a 1-0 lead, the dubious decision was uncomfortable.
South Korea created a momentary counterattack opportunity by blocking the Saudi attack from the midfield. Son Heung-min penetrated into the empty space. Cho Kyu-sung calmly stabbed the forward pass.
Son Heung-min entered the penalty box with one touch. The angle to connect with the shot came out. However, Saudi central defender Hasan Altambacti broke Son Heung-min’s center with a back tackle. The scene where he tripped Son Heung-min without touching the ball was clearly caught.
The referee somehow didn’t declare a penalty.
The owner of Newcastle is the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund (PIF). St. James’s Park is the home ground of Newcastle. The friendly match was actually the home stadium of Saudi Arabia.
The Athletic, a sports media outlet, said, “Newcastle wants to be the most supported club in Saudi Arabia. Newcastle’s new shirt sponsor is also owned by PIF. It is closely linked to the Saudi Arabian national team. Newcastle receive a substantial fee for hosting an A-match friendly,’ he hinted.
The British media Daily Mail reported, “Son Heung-min was blatantly denied a penalty kick. He expressed distrust in the referee’s decision. Son Heung-min expected the referee to take a penalty spot, but no decision was made. Premier League referee Andy Madley oversaw the game,’ he explained.
The Daily Mail later hinted at the possibility that the home advantage was applied, citing the relationship between Saudi Arabia and Newcastle United.
The Daily Mail said, ‘Saudi Arabia hosted the A match at the stadium due to its symbolic relationship with Newcastle. Saudi Arabia’s PIF is the dominant owner of Newcastle, and the club’s presence is growing in the country,’ he pointed out.