Manchester United: Park Ji-sung asks fans to stop singing song about him

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 which contains a racial stereotype about his native South Korea.

Park, 40, said the song cased him “discomfort” while at United.

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

“I’m really sorry for him to hear that,” said Park, who retired in 2014.

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

Speaking to the UTD podcast, he added: “Listening to the chant even 10 years later now, I feel sorry for the younger me who tried to overcome this discomfort that I felt back then.

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

Park, who played more than 200 games for United between 2005 and 2012, winning four Premier League titles and a Champions League, added: “In Korea, things have changed a lot. 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 club says it “fully supports” Park’s comments and “urges fans to respect his wishes”.

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