South Korea slam Colombia for 'racist behaviour'

Pauline Gross
November 13, 2017

Colombian footballer Edwin Cardona is at the centre of a race row after seemingly making a "slant eyes" gesture to South Korean players during an worldwide game.

Colombia midfielder Edwin Cardona has denied allegations of racism and apologised for his controversial gesture in Friday's friendly loss against South Korea.

The incident took place early in the second half during an altercation between a number of players after Kim Jin-su and James Rodriguez clashed.

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After South Korea won 2 - 1, Colombia's head coach, Jose Pekerman, sidestepped over any questions pertaining to the incident during the post-game press conference, claiming that he didn't see what had happened. That's when Carmona, who plays his club soccer for C.F. Monterrey on loan from Boca Juniors, made the racist slant-eye gesture toward the South Korean players.

"It was a physical game". "But racist behavior is absolutely unacceptable. Colombia is a team full of world-class players and it was disappointing to see this kind of thing".

"It was not my intention to disrespect anyone, any country or any race, but if someone was offended, or interpreted it that way, I apologise", Cardona said. They won't have the fortitude to suspend Cardona for any World Cup matches next summer, and they won't render a decision before Colombia's final friendly of 2017 on Tuesday against China, so I doubt Cardona is going to end up being harshly disciplined for what he did.

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