Mon. Aug 8th, 2022

Park Ji-sung
Park Ji-sung was a popular figure among fans during his seven years at Manchester United

Former Manchester United midfielder Park Ji-sung has appealed to the club’s fans to stop singing a song about him that contains a racial stereotype about his home country of South Korea.

Park, 40, said the song gave him “discomfort” while he was at United.

He made his appeal after hearing fans sing the song as the Wolves unveiled their new Korean striker Hwang Hee-chan as they played United in August.

“I’m really sorry he hears that,” Park said, who retired in 2014.

“I have to train the fans to stop the word that is usually a racial insult to the Korean people these days.”

Speaking to the UTD podcast, he added: “I’m listening to the song myself 10 years later now, and I feel sorry for the younger me who was trying to overcome this discomfort I felt back then.

“I also feel responsible for the young people who are still discriminated against as Asians or Koreans, and struggle with that kind of discomfort.”

Park, who played more than 200 matches for United between 2005 and 2012 and won four Premier League titles and a Champions League, added: “In Korea, things have changed a lot. The culture has changed.

“I really ask the fans to stop singing that word. It causes discomfort to Korean people when they hear that song. It’s time to stop.”

The club says it “fully supports” Park’s comments and “encourages fans to respect his wishes”.

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