Ko Hyung-jin, referee of the Korea Football Association (KFA), oversees the match between China and Lebanon.
China and Lebanon will play their second Group A match of the 2023 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup at Altumama Stadium in Doha, Qatar, at 8:30 p.m. on the 17th (Korea time).
AFC has revealed the judges who will manage the two teams’ matches. Referee Ko Hyung-jin will serve as the referee. Referee Kim Jung-min and referee Park Sang-joon will serve as assistant judges. South Korean referee Kim Jong-hyuk will also be in charge of VAR.
Many Korean referees are active in the tournament. In the first Group D match between Japan and Vietnam on the 14th, referee Kim Jong-hyuk was the referee and referee Ko Hyung-jin was the VAR referee.
China’s Sina Sports reported on the assignment of Korean referees. Upon hearing this, a Chinese soccer fan expressed concern, saying, “Let’s guess how many yellow cards Korean referees will give to China tomorrow.”
As China tied Tajikistan in the first round without a goal, China’s concerns are even bigger. China can increase its chances of advancing to the tournament only when it wins its second round match against Lebanon. As the third match will be against Qatar, the home team, the match against Lebanon is very important.
Only Wang Sangyuan (Henan FC) of China, which is known for its roughness, received a yellow card in the first round match. However, as the team is expected to have a close game with Lebanon, which lost to Qatar in the first match, chances are high that China will collect multiple cards in the second match.
Korean soccer fans are also expected to focus on the game. This is because Chinese referee Manning took out five yellow cards to Korean players in the first group match between Korea and Bahrain on the 15th.
After the match against Bahrain, Jürgen Klinsmann complained, “It was a tricky match. It was because the Chinese referee gave too many yellow cards from too early on.”