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Park Ji-sung: Ex-Manchester United star urges followers to cease singing his chant which incorporates racial stereotype

The South Korean star, a fan favorite throughout his time at Outdated Trafford, says he does not assume supporters imply to offend however is conscious the tune makes youthful gamers really feel uncomfortable.

Park performed greater than 200 matches throughout his seven seasons at United, profitable a number of trophies together with 4 Premier League titles and one Champions League trophy.

Regardless of leaving in 2012, followers nonetheless sing his tune they usually did so once more in a sport this season towards Wolverhampton Wanderers, who had simply signed South Korea worldwide Hee-Chan Hwang.

“It’s true that traditionally folks have eaten canine meat however as of late, notably the youthful technology, they actually hate it.

“I do know that United followers do not imply any offence to him for that tune however nonetheless I’ve to teach the followers to cease this phrase [dog meat], which is as of late often a racial insult to the Korean folks.”

The South Korean is still adored by Manchester United fans.

‘I simply accepted it as a participant’

Park, who joined United from Dutch facet PSV Eindhoven in 2005, says he felt uncomfortable when he first heard his chant as a participant however initially thought of it a cultural change that he’d should get used to.

Now retired from soccer, he’s acutely aware that instances have modified and he is urged followers to cease singing it.

“It was one of many issues I needed to settle for as a result of I by no means thought followers would create a tune with dangerous meanings,” he added.

“They all the time make a tune to cheer up, to offer vitality to the gamers, be happy with the gamers, that is my thought. That is why I simply accepted it as a participant.”

On its web site Manchester United mentioned it “absolutely helps Ji-sung’s feedback and urges followers to respect his needs.”

Final month South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in mentioned there may be a must prohibit canine meat consumption amid debate over the controversial observe and rising consciousness of animal rights.

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