Your star foreign striker leaves your team mid-season due to unforeseen circumstances. However, this time, the team took different measures than other clubs. This is to prevent future incidents.
According to the Gangnam Police Station in Seoul, Ras was arrested for drunk driving at around 4 a.m. on July 7, two days after the match against Suwon. Police responding to a call stopped him on a road in Gangnam-gu, Seoul, and tested him for alcohol, and he was found to be intoxicated to the point of license revocation. He had no passengers. Police are investigating the details of the case and will file charges against Lars.안전놀이터
Upon learning of the incident, Suwon FC released a statement on their official channel the same day, saying, “We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience caused to our fans. We have informed the KFA of Lars’s DUI and will follow up with appropriate disciplinary action in accordance with the regulations.” According to the KFA’s disciplinary rules for drunk driving, a player who meets the criteria for license revocation will be suspended for not less than 15 games and not more than 25 games and fined 8 million won.
It looked like the club was going to terminate his contract. “We heard about the incident around 1 p.m.,” said Choi Soon-ho, head coach of Suwon FC, on July 7, “There are past cases. We will handle it according to the regulations.” Earlier this season, K League 2 foreign striker Jonatan Moya, 31, also left the team after being caught drinking and driving. Last year, it was Jeonbuk Hyundai midfielder Takahiro Kunimoto (25).
Unlike past cases, Suwon FC has a new response. On August 8, Suwon FC announced through its official channel, “We follow the opinion that unconditional termination of contracts, such as the recent cases of other clubs, is not helpful in preventing future recurrence. After the outcome of the federation’s punishment committee on the 10th, we will hold the club’s player management committee to make a final decision.”
The team will also be separated from the club. Suwon FC explained, “Players who commit unforgivable crimes are immediately excluded from training and matches.” “We made this decision based on the judgment that drinking and driving is an unacceptable criminal act.”
Lars is expected to terminate his contract with Suwon FC. ⓒKorea Professional Football Association
The news comes amidst a relegation crisis. Suwon FC is currently in 10th place with 23 points after 25 rounds. They are in the relegation playoffs. Choi said, “We had a lot to worry about. We were in the middle of a fierce competition and something unexpected happened. I can’t check the players’ personal lives every day.” He expressed his frustration.
No replacement. Long striker Kim Hyun, 30, has been injured all season. Veteran striker Yang Dong-hyun (37) has changed his position to playing coach. It’s hard to expect him to perform as well as Ras, who is in his prime.
It will be difficult for him to change positions again. Suwon FC dropped Lee Seung-woo (25), who was mainly used as a striker, to midfield from Suwon Samsung Electronics, and it worked. However, with Rath’s departure, the team will have no choice but to move Lee back up. Another foreign striker, Lopez (32), has been sidelined for some time with a microfracture.
This is a big blow for Suwon FC, who have to fight for every game. After an eight-match winless slump in the middle of the season, Suwon suddenly found themselves eight points behind ninth-place Jeju United (31 points). 11th-place Suwon (18 points) is not far behind. In the meantime, key players left the team due to unforeseen circumstances. The additional registration period has long since ended. The team will have to finish the season with its remaining resources.