“A Korean referee should not have been the referee for the final.”

Thai soccer legend Piyapong Phion (64) expressed concern over the appointment of a Korean referee ahead of the Vietnam War.

Vietnam, led by coach Park Hang-seo (64), will play the first leg of the 2022 AFF (ASEAN Football Federation) Mitsubishi Electric Cup Final against Thailand at 9:30 pm (Korean time) on the 13th at My Dinh National Stadium in Hanoi, Vietnam. 슬롯사이트 The second game will be held at Thammasat Stadium in Pathum Thani, Thailand on the 16th.

Vietnam advanced to the final by beating Indonesia under Shin Tae-yong in the semifinals. The ‘defending champion’ Thailand defeated Malaysia, led by coach Kim Pan-gon, to reach the finals for two consecutive tournaments.

According to ‘Vietnam Net’, Thai national team senior Phion could not hide his anxiety ahead of the final. He is a legend who scored 70 goals in 100 games wearing the Thailand national team uniform. Piion played for Lucky Goldstar Bull from 1984 to 1986 and also played with manager Park Hang-seo. 

Piion pointed out that the referee for the first leg of the final was Ko Hyeong-jin, a Korean national. He worried, “The most important factor in this game is the referee. Ko Hyeong-jin, the referee, is a Korean like coach Park Hang-seo. He should not be the referee because he could be suspicious.” 

It is an argument that regardless of whether or not a biased judgment was made, the situation itself should have been avoided. Vietnam Net also said, “Everyone knows that coach Park Hang-seo is also Korean.”

Piion was also concerned about the difference in condition and the home advantage. “Vietnam rested more than Thailand. Matches between the two teams have always been very hot, so the atmosphere in the crowd and off the field will also affect it,” he said. “In the first leg, Thailand is at a disadvantage in every way. The second leg would be very comfortable, but I don’t think it will be.”