Jürgen Klinsmann’s (GER) national football team defeated China 3-0 in the second Group C match of the 2026 FIFA World Cup North America, Asia Second Qualifying Round at the Shenzhen Universiade Sports Center in Shenzhen, Guangdong, China, at 9 p.m. on Monday.
On the same day, Hwang was named to the reserve list. Klinsmann’s pattern has been to start Cho Kyu-sung and bring on Hwang in the 60th minute. Against China, it was more of the same. In the 27th minute of the second half, with South Korea up 2-0, he took Cho Kyu-sung off and brought on Hwang Eui-jo. Hwang played 22 minutes until the final whistle blew.레모나토토 도메인
Hwang’s inclusion is controversial because of the unusual circumstances. Hwang was turned into a suspect last week in connection with a private life leak. It came as a shock to soccer fans that Hwang, who had complained about being victimized by the leaked video in June, was instead accused of perpetrating it. The fact that the case is still unresolved has left many fans reeling.
The Seoul Metropolitan Police Department’s Cybercrime Investigation Unit is currently investigating the case. They have secured Hwang’s cell phone and are conducting forensics. According to Article 14 of the Sexual Violence Punishment Act, the punishment for filming with a camera or other device applies when a person’s body is photographed against the will of the person being photographed, which can cause sexual desire or shame.
Earlier, on June 25, a woman who claimed to be Hwang Ui-jo’s ex-lover posted a video of him with a woman on social media. “He gaslighted numerous women by pretending to be in a relationship with them, sleeping with them, and avoiding establishing a relationship because he had to go overseas again,” she claimed. Other articles and videos exposing Hwang’s personal life also made waves.
Hwang’s management company has since announced a strong legal response to the allegations, stating that “all of the uploaded content is untrue and has damaged the athlete’s honor.” “On June 25, a false post was uploaded by a person calling herself his girlfriend and a video of his private life was circulated,” said Hwang, who released a statement through his law firm, Jung Sol, “I have not done anything illegal as many people are concerned about,” he added.
However, on June 20, an official from the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency said, “We have turned Hwang Ui-jo into a suspect for illegal filming and investigated him.” A woman claiming to be his ex-girlfriend was recently detained for allegedly threatening Hwang Ui-jo and spreading the video.
The fact that the truth is being debated makes Hwang’s participation even more controversial. Although he is still a suspect and has been investigated, not guilty, the issue is still unresolved. In the meantime, he has continued to travel with the national team and even appeared on the field, leading to speculation among fans.
Klinsmann, who sent on Hwang Eui-jo, explained his decision after the game with the nuance that he was “not guilty yet.
However, according to Article 6 (Duty of Integrity and Maintenance of Dignity) of the Korea Football Association’s National Football Team Operating Regulations, “Members of the national team at all levels shall refrain from any act that would diminish their dignity as representatives of the country and shall maintain social responsibility and morality. This is why there are many who believe that the current controversy could be grounds for disqualification.
On May 20, Hwang Ui-jo’s legal representative, Law Firm Daehwan, stated, “Hwang Ui-jo has been under constant threat since May 7, 2023. The blackmailer illegally leaked a video of Hwang Ui-jo and his former lover, and has since indiscriminately distributed the video and demanded money from an unknown person.”
“The video shows a woman who was in a relationship with Hwang Ui-jo in the past, but it is clear that it was a consensual video between the lovers at the time,” he said, adding, “Hwang Ui-jo does not currently possess the video nor has he leaked it.”
However, the victim’s side quickly refuted the allegations. “Although the victim briefly dated Hwang Ui-jo in the past, she never consented to the filming of the sensitive video and requested its deletion,” said Lee Eun-eun, a lawyer representing the victim, in a statement the following day, October 21.
“The victim found it difficult to get angry with Hwang or report him for fear of leakage,” the lawyer said, adding, “After the video was illegally distributed, she was unable to sleep at night because she thought that a distributor with a grudge against Hwang might distribute additional videos.”