Ahead of Manchester United’s 1-0 win against Wolves early this season, their new signing, South Korean Hwang Hee-chan, was unveiled. In response, the away end started singing the Park Ji-Sung chant.
Speaking with the United podcast, Park has expressed his disappointment that the fans are still singing this song and has requested for them to stop.
I’m really sorry for him to hear that. I know that United fans don’t mean any offence to him for that song but still I have to educate the fans to stop that word [dog meat], which is usually these days a racial insult to the Korean people.
That particular word is very discomforting for Korean people, and I really feel very sorry for the younger players who heard that kind of song. In Korea, things have changed a lot. It is true that historically we have eaten dog meat but these days, particularly the younger generation, they really hate it. The culture has changed.
I really request the fans to stop singing that word. It causes discomfort to Korean people when they hear that song. It’s time to stop.
Earlier this week, the South Korean president, Moon Jae-in, has suggested that dog meat is banned in the country.
It is clear that the issue raises discomfort for the people of South Korea and, regardless of intention, it’s time for United fans to retire the Park chant.