Lee Seung-woo (Suwon FC)’s remarks are not subject to disciplinary action.
Suwon FC won 2-1 in the 3rd round of ‘Hanawon Q K League 1 2023’ against Suwon Samsung held at Suwon Sports Complex on the 11th.
It was the first Suwon 메이저놀이터 derby of the season. So far, both teams are winless with 1 draw and 1 loss. The poor trend at the beginning of the season had to be cut off with a victory over rivals, and the laughing side was the home team Suwon FC. Even though Lee Seung-woo was unable to come out due to being sent off against the Pohang Steelers, Lee Kwang-hyuk and Murillo scored and won the victory.
After the game, Lee Seung-woo’s social media became controversial. Lee Seung-woo said in Spanish on his SNS, “I can never understand the rule that two players under the age of 22 (U-22) must play in a game. So, why is there no entry rule for those aged 35 or older? Which country has a rule like this?” he criticized the rules of the K-League.
The K-League is currently applying a local rule for compulsory participation by U-22 players. The rule was first launched in 2013. After several changes, from last season, considering the Corona 19 pandemic, U-22 participation and replacement card proposals were combined.
K League 1 teams can use 5 replacement cards only when two or more U-22 players start. If only one player participates, another person must be substituted for 5 innings, and if the 22-year-old does not participate, the substitution is 3 innings.
To secure a replacement card, each team adopts a variety of operating methods, but Suwon FC uses ‘early replacement’. Two 22-year-old players are put in first, and then the starting resources are quickly put in. Lee Seung-woo is a representative player who entered as a substitute. Lee Seung-woo came as a substitute in 21 of the 35 games he played last season. Both appearances this season were substitutions.
After Lee Seung-woo’s remarks, Suwon FC fans’ concerns grew. because of the punishment. Lee Seung-woo posted a post protesting the referee’s decision after losing the opening match against Jeonbuk Hyundai last season. As a result, Lee Seung-woo was fined 2.5 million won. It is related to regulations, not referee decisions, but as the SNS content became a hot topic again, a debate about whether to discipline unfolded.