토토사이트The ‘Jamboree fiasco’ has gone beyond entertainment to football. The official supporters of FC Seoul, who call Seoul Sangam World Cup Stadium home, have expressed their disappointment with the government’s behaviour.
“It would have been nice to have 43,000 people from 158 countries gathered to draw only good memories and dreams, but it seems that this jamboree will not be remembered in that way, and we are very sorry when we hear the stories of each participant who prepared to participate in this event,” FC Seoul’s official supporters’ group, Suho Shin, said on its official Instagram on Tuesday.
“Tomorrow’s closing ceremony has also become another wound for us,” he wrote, adding, “I don’t think there is anything we can do to change now that a lot of ‘voluntary cooperation’ has already been forced on not only us, but also private organisations such as corporations and universities, beyond public corporations and public organisations, through one-sided communication.”
“However, decisions such as returning to the past will definitely need to be reviewed in the future,” he added.
“Just as many places have been turned into your campsites, our stadium has become a performance venue,” he added, “I respectfully ask you to enjoy your time at the Sangam World Cup Stadium, the place where we are drawing our dreams, but to use it with utmost care.”
The guardian also attached a statement in English.
The 2023 Saemangeum World Jamboree, which has been plagued by operational issues, will conclude on the 11th with a closing ceremony at the Sangam World Cup Stadium in Seoul, followed by a K-Pop Super Live concert.
The closing ceremony and the ‘K-Pop Super Live’ concert were originally scheduled to take place on the 6th at Saemangeum Outdoor Stage in Haseo-myeon, Bugan-gun, Jeollabuk-do, but were rescheduled to the Jeonju World Cup Stadium on the 11th due to safety concerns, including heat waves.
Due to this, the FA Cup quarterfinal match between Jeonbuk and Incheon scheduled for the 9th was cancelled. However, due to the impact of Typhoon Kanun, the venue was changed once more to Sangam World Cup Stadium in Seoul.
In preparation for the ‘K-Pop Super Live’ concert and the closing ceremony, stages were set up inside the stadium, including near the goalposts, and seats were arranged on the pitch. Damage to the grass was inevitable.
In particular, the Sangam World Cup Stadium has been criticised by football stars such as Son Heung-min and Ki Sung-yong for its poor turf management in the past, and new turf has been laid with a budget of about 1 billion won.
The condition of the turf affects not only the progress of the game but also whether or not the players are injured, so there was a lot of anger from football fans.
The government seems to have recognised the concerns of football fans. “There is a possibility of damage to the stadium grass,” said Minister of the Interior and Safety Lee Sang-min at a briefing on the 9th, “but we are working on ways to minimise it.”