The women’s national soccer team, led by coach Bell, was eliminated after coming from behind to lose 1-4 to North Korea in the quarterfinals of the tournament at Wenzhou Sports Center Stadium in Zhejiang Province, China, on the afternoon of the 30th.
In the 41st minute of the first half, Son Hwa-yeon (Hyundai Steel) failed to overcome the numerical inferiority caused by the exit and gave up three goals in the second half alone.
In the 40th minute of the first half, a collision occurred between Kim Eun-hwi, who was trying to advance and hit the ball, and Son Hwa-yeon, who was rushing, did not hesitate to take out a yellow card to Son Hwa-yeon. 스포츠토토
As Son Hwa-yeon, who had accumulated warnings, left the ground, Bellho, who was outnumbered, began to struggle and collapsed by giving up three goals in the second half alone.
At a press conference after the game, Bell harshly criticized the referee, saying, “There is disagreement that this scene is a yellow card,” adding, “I wonder if such a referee is a good referee.”
“In such an important game, the referee’s decision was important, but it is questionable whether it was appropriate. In particular, there were a lot of things in the last seven to eight minutes, he said. “I have doubts about the judgment of the referee.” “We had to recruit more professional referees for these competitions,” he pointed out.
At the same time, he strongly protested the fact that even though 16 teams ended up participating in the tournament, they did not play the group stage in four groups.
Seventeen teams were originally scheduled to compete in this tournament.
Accordingly, the organizing committee divided the group stage into five and allocated three teams for groups A to C, and four teams for groups D and E.
However, as Cambodia suddenly withdrew just before the tournament, four teams competed in Group D and E, which includes South Korea and Japan, while only two teams were formed in Group C, where North Korea is located.
In general, 16 teams are divided into four groups of four teams to guarantee the number of games fairly, but the organizing committee of the competition maintained the group formation due to the tight schedule.
Coach Bell said, “If 16 teams come out, of course, we have to divide them equally into 4 groups. “If one group plays in the group stage as three teams and two teams in some places, the break time is different,” he said. “How can I maintain ‘manners’ in such an unfavorable situation?” I love my players and I want a fair game.”
“Tell the referee, tell the organizing committee,” Bell told the staff of the organizing committee of the tournament, “Who organized this tournament. Please let the 16 teams compete in Group 4,” he said.