The Korea Football Association (KFA) is showing an incomprehensible move regarding the appointment of the head of the referee스포츠토토.
Even though the current referee chairman is being investigated by the Sports Ethics Center for an unfortunate incident, and there was even an opportunity to appoint a new chairman, he chose to accompany him. The Ethics Center, which has no investigative authority, is struggling with its investigation, raising concerns that the de facto vacancy of the chairperson may be prolonged. It seems inevitable that the work of the KFA Referees Committee, which is in charge of managing and assigning referees for Korean soccer, including the K League, will also be disrupted.
According to the soccer world on the 11th, Kim Dong-jin, the KFA referee chairman who was appointed last January, is currently under investigation by the Sports Ethics Center. Previously, the KFA received a letter about Chairman Kim’s misconduct. Based on this, KFA conducted its own investigation into Chairman Kim and his associates, but the investigation was not conducted properly because they all denied it. In the end, it was reported to the Sports Ethics Center under the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism in March, and an investigation into the contents of the submission is still underway.
There was a letter about the chairman of the referee, where fairness is the most important, and the fact that he was being investigated for violating social norms gave the KFA a justification to step in and end the accompaniment. However, Chairman Chung Mong-gyu could not make a decision on Chairman Kim’s future.
However, it happened that the chairman of the referee resigned first. At the end of March, in connection with the controversy over the amnesty of 100 soccer players, including match-fixers, the vice-president and board of directors resigned en masse, and the referee chairman, who was in charge of the board, also expressed his intention to resign. In fact, it was a natural replacement. However, even in the extensive new personnel process, Chairman Kim Dong-jin’s future has not been decided. It is not that Chairman Kim Dong-jin has resigned, but he is in a virtual vacuum where he cannot work until the results of the Ethics Center’s investigation come out.
In the process of announcing the new board of directors, Chairman Chung Mong-gyu said, “We are under investigation by the Sports Ethics Center. We have to see the results.” Although the proviso was “If there is a good person, a new one can be appointed,” he said that he would wait until the results of the investigation come out rather than making a decision on Chairman Kim’s future.
The problem is that the Ethics Center, which received the case, is struggling to investigate Chairman Kim and the people involved. An official from the Ethics Center said, “There are difficulties because there is no compulsory investigation right, and only the right to investigate. As they were previously investigated by the KFA, they are not cooperating with this investigation, so they are having a hard time.”
As the investigation is delayed inevitably, the results of Chairman Kim’s investigation, which Chairman Chung is waiting for, will inevitably be delayed. In other words, the absence of the head of the refereeing committee, which is in charge of managing and assigning all referees in Korean soccer, including the K-League, is also increasing. The K-League, which is currently in full swing, is playing the 2023 season without a referee chairman waiting for the KFA’s personnel decision. The vacancy of the referee chairman is by no means a small hole. In other words, the aftermath of the KFA’s sluggish personnel decisions continues throughout Korean football, including the K-League.
A KFA official said, “Currently, the refereeing committee is being operated centered on three vice chairmen. The division of work is well done,” he explained. There is no chairperson, but there are three vice chairpersons, so it sounds like an explanation that there is no big problem. This official said, “Still, if the vacancy of the chairman’s seat is prolonged, it may be burdensome for KFA. He is waiting for the results of the investigation and at the same time looking to see if anyone deserves it.”
The de facto vacancy of the referee chairperson has continued for over a month. In the meantime, misjudgment was revealed in the K-League. I can only explain that I am suspicious of how the KFA judges the weight of the referee chairperson’s position.