January 10 News Regarding the "2701 Incident" that Sun Xingmin’s personal coach Ahn Deok-soo broke after the World Cup,
The Korean Football Association officially issued a long response today.
The following is the Korean Football Association’s response:
1. Manpower replenishment for national football teams at all levels: The Korean Football Association will issue a coach recruitment announcement through the association website in November 2021.
In this regard, the association issued an invitation through relevant team members, saying: "If Mr. Ande-soo is willing, please formally sign up to join us." But for some unknown reason, Ande-soo did not sign up.
2. Around June 2022, some national team players once again asked for Ande Soo to serve as the medical staff of the association.
In this regard, the association said, “Coach Ahn Deok-soo did not sign up at the time of the recruitment announcement. In addition, according to the Korean National Sports Promotion Law, which will be implemented from February 2021 after the death of Choi Suk-hyun (triathlon), only holders of
Only those who have relevant qualification certificates can work, please confirm whether they have qualification certificates." Through the contestants, it was confirmed that Ahn Deok-soo’s qualification certificates are "Basic Emergency Response Manager" and "On-site Physical Fitness Coach".
But this does not belong to the voluntary staff qualification certificate recognized by the association.
The qualifications recognized by the association are physical therapists, health and sports managers, athlete coaches, and sports prescribers.
As long as there is one of these four, he can work as an official medical staff member of the association.
3. When Son Heung-min arrived for the World Cup in Qatar, Ahn Deok-soo accompanied him as a personal trainer.
In addition to An Dezhu, two other personal trainers also came to the local area together.
After internal discussions, the association agreed that in addition to Sun Xingmin, there are other players who are willing to receive treatment, and they will receive treatment from three external coaches including Ahn Deok-soo.
Although there may be some confusion in player management, in the World Cup where improving the physical condition of players to the best is more important than anything else, if the players are willing, the association does not necessarily have to stop it.
4. Ahn Deok-soo personally reserved the hotel room needed for treatment and accommodation.
Although this room is in the same hotel as the delegation, it is different from the floors where the players live, and the movement routes are also different.
The cost of board and lodging is also not provided by the Korean Football Association.
During the stay in Qatar, a total of about 10 players received Andersoo’s treatment.
Among them, the treatment of the association’s medical coaches also took turns to treat the players.
Here’s what happened during the World Cup:
5. On November 22, two days before the first game against Uruguay, some players visited the head of the national team of the Football Association.
The demands of the players are that A, who is the medical team leader of the Korean Football Association, be immediately fired and sent back to his country.
The reason is that the head of the A medical team is the core figure who opposed An Dezhu’s joining the medical team. Because of his protest, the Korean Football Association did not include An Dezhu in the association’s medical staff.
The team members also proposed, "If Ahn Deok-soo cannot be employed as a medical worker because he does not have a qualification certificate, he can be registered as an equipment manager or other duties and perform voluntary labor."
At the same time, the team members also said: "We know that one of the five association medical staff who came to Qatar did not have relevant qualification certificates, but the association hired them anyway. Therefore, the association is lying and deliberately excluding An Dezhu."
6. However, unlike some players, the leader of the A medical team did not object to Ahn Deok-soo joining the medical team at all.
Because Ahn Deok-soo did not sign up at the beginning and did not meet the conditions for having a qualification certificate, the association did not hire him after a judgment.
Because even if the players are willing, the association cannot hire unqualified people who have not participated in the recruitment announcement.
We fully understand the urgency of players to adjust their bodies to the best condition for important games.
In addition, Ahn Deok-soo, who has been recognized by the players for his strength, has also fully recognized the efforts he made for the treatment of the Korean team members in another space during the World Cup.
But associations performing public duties cannot convert medical staff into equipment chiefs, which would acquiesce and facilitate illegal behaviour.
7. The contestants pointed out that B, a medical worker of the association who has no qualification certificate, has worked in the association for 14 years since 2008.
At the time of the Qatar World Cup, it was a fact that medical staff did not have the necessary qualification certificates because they only had "sports history" qualification certificates.
But the situation of B and Ahn Deok-soo is different.
The association will renew the contract with Mr. B for 2 years in 2020.
At that time, the relevant government decree had not yet been implemented (from February 2021), and the association had no idea that the decree was being advanced.
After the contract was signed, the government re-imposed qualification certificate requirements, so it cannot be used as a reason to terminate the contract with the parties.
However, if the contract expires in December 2022, the contract cannot be renewed unless a nationally recognized qualification (physiotherapist or health and sports manager) is obtained.
"B took the physical therapist exam in December last year and finally got a pass notice.
8. The association conducted internal discussions on the requirements of some of the players mentioned above.
During this process, most of the logistics staff sent by the Korean Football Association to Qatar, including medical staff, said: "If the leader of the A medical team who has made no mistakes returns home, we will also return to South Korea immediately."
A serious bad atmosphere developed within the team.
The association believes that it is impossible for the medical team leader of A to return to China.
It was just that the medical team leader of A was interrupted.