Interpreter Yang Jae-mo (R) reacts with the referee’s decision in a V. League match between HCMC FC and Hanoi FC on July 24, 2020. Photo by VnExpress/Duc Dong.
Vietnam Football Federation (VFF) has suspended and fined interpreter Yang Jae-mo of HCMC FC for misbehaving during a league game on July 24.
During the V. League game between HCMC FC and Hanoi FC in the 11th fixture, many HCMC FC members, including South Korean head coach Chung Hae-soung reacted negatively against main referee Tran Van Trong.
Interpreter Yang Jae-mo went to argue with the fourth referee and gestured inappropriately to the head of the referee department Duong Van Hien. When the game finished, Yang went straight onto the field to exchange some heated words with the referees.
On Thursday, VFF decided to suspend Yang for two games and fine him VND10 million ($431) for provocative behavior during the match.
Yang, 28, has been living in Vietnam since his youth and is fluent in Vietnamese, Korean and English. He used to be an interpreter for the South Korean national women’s team at Asian Cup 2014 and World Cup 2015.
When coach Chung came to Hoang Anh Gia Lai in 2017, Yang became his interpreter. In 2019, he continued to work with Chung when the coach moved to HCMC FC.
After HCMC FC lost 0-3 to Hanoi FC, Chung was forced to step down from the head coach position to become technical director. However, he subsequently quit while Yang also left. When HCMC called coach Chung back just a few weeks after, Yang also returned to his position.