Women’s professional volleyball Heungkuk Life Insurance recently issued an apology regarding the controversy that arose over the dismissal of the manager and the appointment of a new manager. However, it seems that it is not enough to soothe the hearts of hurt fans.
Heungkuk Life Insurance has not had a good day in the past week. On the 2nd, the club announced the joint resignation of manager Kwon Soon-chan and general manager Kim Yeo-il. It was practically rigid. It became a big controversy when it was revealed that the reason for the hardship was because the club and the manager had a conflict over whether to intervene in the selection of players.
Heungkuk Life Insurance announced the appointment of director Kim Ki-joong on the 6th and tried to rectify the situation, but even this did not work properly. The club announced on the 10th, “Director Ki-joong Kim has decided to resign from the managerial position, and he will serve as acting coach Dae-kyung Kim for the rest of the season.”
Then, through an official apology, he promised to redefine the culture of the Heungkuk Life Insurance volleyball team that respects the ‘autonomy of game management’ and to operate the club without disappointing fans, saying, “I will use this as an opportunity for blessings and blessings.”
But the fans’ anger is not abating. The ‘Women’s Volleyball Happiness Group’, a group of fans organized to ask for responsibility for this situation, has been holding ‘truck protests’ since the 6th.
“Volleyball is not a puppet game for sports clubs, Heungkuk Life Insurance owner overtakes OUT”, “Taekwang Group hides with players and fans as shields, Heungkuk Life Insurance admits mistakes and apologizes”, etc. Heungkuk Life Insurance Headquarters and the Korea Volleyball Federation (KOVO) continued to protest.
A female fan, an official of the ‘Women’s Volleyball Happiness Prayer Group’, told ‘News 1’ on the same day, “This truck protest is a lot of fans who were sorry for the situation. This was done through fundraising. The specific amount cannot be revealed, but there are many fans who wanted to convey their voices, so the truck protests could proceed immediately
” There is only talk of respecting the autonomy of operation, but there is no mention of the issue of intervention from the top. Since it is not the first time or twice that the club has intervened by overstepping its powers, there is no certainty that this apology alone will operate with integrity in the future.” 스포츠토토
He added, “In particular, it was not possible to grasp the exact truth about the order related to the appointment of players by text message. The main pillars of this case are actually the chairman of the parent company and general manager Kim Yeo-il.
At the same time, he demanded the complete resignation of former general manager Kim Yeo-il, which was not specified in the apology.
An official said, “As was the case in the past ‘Twin School Violence’, when controversy arose in the club, manager Kim Yeo-il was always behind. Fans hope that former manager Kim Yeo-il apologizes to the public, expresses a clear position on this matter, and completely leaves the volleyball world. I hope it’s because there were so many times when he left for a show and then came back soon after.”
In addition, the fans emphasized that the players ahead of the game are suffering more damage than themselves.
An official said, “Above all, I hope the situation will be resolved as soon as possible. Even with only two days before the game, there were reports that acting manager Kim Ki-joong could not be reached.” The burden on the players is bound to be heavy. Please, the club hopes to create an environment where the players can focus only on the game without worrying about the outside world.”
On the other hand, the truck protest of the ‘Women’s Volleyball Happiness Group’ does not end even after the announcement of the apology.
An official said, “We still have a lot to worry about and a lot of work to do.” It will happen again anytime.”