Son on the double as South Korea edge out Colombia

Frederick Owens
November 12, 2017

In this image captured during an MBC telecast of the men's football friendly match between South Korea and Colombia on November 10, 2017, Colombian player Edwin Cardona makes an apparent racist gesture at South Korean players at Suwon World Cup Stadium in Suwon, Gyeonggi Province, on November 10, 2017.

The incident occurred in the 63rd minute when tempers flared between the two teams following a clash involving James Rodriguez and Kim Jin-su, with Cardona appearing to mock a group of Korean players by pulling the skin back to narrow his eyes as officials attempted to calm the situation.

While many Korean football fans expressed their displeasure at such an act, many Colombian fans have also condemned his actions, labelling them as embarrassing for the whole country.

Colombian footballer Edwin Cardona has apologized for his offensive gesture during his team's friendly match with South Korea on Friday, which was caught on camera and made public, prompting accusations of racism.

Colombian manager Jose Pekerman refused to comment on the incident after the match.

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The referee failed to include Cardona's gesture in his match report, but Federation Internationale de Football Association still could discipline the 24-year-old Colombian.

South Korea would go on to win 2-1 with Cristian Zapata scoring Colombia's lone goal.

"It was a physical game".

Korea, which booked its place at the FIFA World Cup despite winning just four of 10 matches in the final stage of qualifying, tallied up eight shots to two by half-time and made its dominance count on the hour. "I can't comment further on an incident that I didn't see with my own eyes".

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