By Chris Wright
We’re slightly late on the uptake here, but hey ho.
Given the tempestuous build-up, Tuesday evening’s AFC World Cup qualifier between South Korea and Iran was never going to be pretty and it most certainly wasn’t, with the Iranians winning 1-0 to finish top of Group A in a match that ended with a whole heap of ugly. People, we’re talking Jamie Pollock-level ugliness here.
Allow us to fill you in. Back in October of last year, South Korea lost 1-0 to Iran in the reverse fixture amid a tempestuous game which was precipitated by a flurry of pre-match accusations from the South Korean camp – especially from coach Choi Kang-Hee – that Iran had deliberately made their stay in Tehran as uncomfortable as possible by organising sub-standard training and accommodation facilities as well as dragging their feet over organising Visas for their visitors.
Kang-Hee then vowed retribution by returning the favour when Iran came to town, saying that he wanted to “make life very painful” for them. “I remember being badly treated in Iran,” Kang-Hee told CNN. “The manners they showed were not good. They were not hospitable.