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Korean football team told to eat pumpkin candy

June 30th, 2014 . by Errol

Nam Hyun-woo reports in the Korea Times on 30 June 2014

The Korean football team received a shower of wrapped yeot candies from a fan who was disappointed by the lackluster effort of such well paid icons of Korea during their less than sparkling performances in Brazil upon its return to Incheon International Airport, Monday morning. The fan also shouted ‘엿이나 먹어라’. i.e. “Eat candy.” Apparently pumpkin flavoured.

Video of the incident is supplied by the BBC.

Forward Son Heung-min, one of the better players in Korea’s World Cup campaign, made a pensive observation, saying, “Do we have to eat this?” He didn’t eat any.

However, he couldn’t miss a big banner in the terminal reading “Korea’s football is dead.” Footage of the same man who threw the candy can be seen holding the banner at the 1 minute and 25 seconds mark on MBC’s website.

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Kwon Sang-soo in the Joongang Daily also covered the story and interviewed some of the disappointed fans.

“We threw the candy because they [the national team] screwed us,” said Cho Ho-yeon, who introduced himself as a member of the online group “We lost because of you.”

“We need to totally reform Korean football from the beginning. They run the team like the mafia. The coach favored the particular players that he likes and some of the players were selected because they went to the same university as the coach. I can’t see a difference between the coach and members of the ‘gwanfia,’” he said. Gwanfia is a term combining the Korean word for government official and mafia.

Cho said the online group has 500 members and that about 10 people went to the airport to express their disgust with the team’s performance.

In Korean, the phrase “eat yeot” is an offensive slur equivalent to “screw you,” which originated in the 1960s when students protested against the Education Ministry over a question on their school exam regarding how the taffy is made.


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