Incheon United‘s 1st victory marred by crowd violence
By Cho Mu-hyun
Saturday’s K-League game between Incheon United and visitors Daejeon Citizen was marred by violence following the final whistle.
Incheon clinched their first win of the season, thanks to two goals from veteran forward Seol Ki-hyun but the match ended with violent behavior by the Citizen fans.
The 33-year-old netted the team’s first on 53 minutes and added another eight minutes later for a 2-1 victory, ending the side’s three-game losing streak.
The result comes at a critical time for the club that has received heavy criticism from fans for poor performances and money management that has threatened manager Huh Jung-moo’s job. There was speculation before the game that another loss at Sungeui Arena Park would see the 57-year-old manager sacked.
Huh has been under fire for the club’s deficit caused by a change in strip and the building of the new stadium.
The match was physical with the referee giving out nine yellow cards with Daejeon increasing their losing streak to four.
But supporters of the Citizen did not take the defeat well.
Soon after full time, they started kicking billboards and fighting with security guards. The disturbance was further fueled when an employee of the home side’s team mascot gestured at them to leave.
Two of the fans jumped onto the pitch and started hitting and kicking the mascot. The beating ended when security arrived and led the fans out.
The employee and the two men are known to have settled their argument through mediation by Incheon. But the behavior of the Daejeon fans outraged the home supporters, while the visitors blamed the poor design of the new stadium that allows easy access to the pitch.