The Korea Professional Football Federation held its 18th reward and punishment committee on the 20th and decided to punish Suwon Samsung with a fine of 5 million won.
The decision was made in the 38th round of the final match of Hana One Q K League 1 2023 held at Suwon World Cup Stadium earlier this month. Suwon Samsung, which played its home game against Gangwon FC at the time, tied 0-0 to determine the bottom of the K League 1.
Suwon Samsung, which needed a win to avoid direct relegation, ranked last among the 12 teams with poor performance of 8 wins, 9 draws and 21 losses. Suwon Samsung was the only one to be demoted in the first division this year as all 10th-ranked Gangwon FC and 11th-ranked Suwon FC in the K League survived through the promotion playoffs.
Suwon Samsung has the most loyal fandom in the K-League. Even on the day of the final game when the temperature dropped below freezing in the midday, some 20,000 fans visited Big Bird and sent a desperate cry to avoid being demoted.
However, fans were furious when the final whistle was called and the lowest rank was decided. For a while, some fans expressed their anger by attempting to storm the stadium or throwing items to the ground, although they seemed to be in silence to the extent that they could not accept the reality of relegation.
In the process, smoke bombs fell on the grass. The Korea Football Federation explained, “We imposed sanctions on home spectators for bringing flammable substances into the stadium and throwing smoke bombs and bottles from the stands after the game.”
The K-League bans all gunpowder and flammable substances in accordance with safety guidelines. Clubs will be held responsible for any safety problems caused by throwing foreign substances in the stadium.
Suwon Samsung was also fined 5 million won for negligence in fan management along with the pain of being demoted to the K League 2, which will lead to a gloomy end of the year.