Ji-Sung Park urges Manchester United fans to STOP singing song referencing dog meat as former winger calls his own chant ‘very discomforting for Korean people’
- Ex-Man United star Park Ji-sung has asked fans to retire a chant about him
- The chant includes a disparaging line about Koreans eating dog meat
- Park spoke out after hearing United fans singing the song last month at Wolves
- ‘It causes discomfort to Korean people when they hear that song,’ Park said
Former Manchester United midfielder Park Ji-sung has appealed to the club’s fans to stop singing a song which contains a racial stereotype about his native South Korea.
Park was a huge crowd favourite during his time at United between 2005 and 2012 and fans sang a song in his ‘honour’, which includes a disparaging line about Koreans eating dog meat.
The song is still heard at Old Trafford nine years after he left the club and the now-retired Park has spoken about it, saying he wants to educate supporters about why the words are hurtful to him and his compatriots.
Park Ji-sung has asked Man United fans to stop signing an offensive song dedicated to him
Park said fans meant no offence with the song, which references Koreans eating dog meat
Park, 40, said he had been prompted to speak out after hearing United fans singing the song at Molineux last month when Wolves unveiled South Korean striker Hwang Hee-chan.
‘I’m really sorry for him to hear that,’ Park told the UTD podcast.
‘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.’
United fans had sung the chant at Molineux when Wolves unveiled Hwang Hee-chan in August
Park made over 200 United appearances after joining from PSV Eindhoven and was part of four Premier League title-winning squads, as well as being a Champions League winner in 2008.
He also won 100 caps for South Korea and played at three World Cups in 2002, 2006 and 2010.
‘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,’ Park added.
Park, who was a fan-favourite at United, said the song ’causes discomfort to Korean people’
‘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.
The Premier League club has backed Park, saying: ‘Manchester United fully supports Ji-sung’s comments and urges fans to respect his wishes.’