“Why is Son Heung-min here?” Tottenham Hotspur’s Chinese Lunar New Year commemorative billboard ‘Mutmae’


Heung-Min Son’s team, Tottenham Hotspur, has been criticized by former fans for putting a caricature of Son Heung-Min on a billboard commemorating the Chinese holiday.

Tottenham Hotspur advanced to the round of 16 by defeating Brighton 3-1 in the fourth round (round of 32) of the 2021-2022 FA Cup held at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, England on the 5th local time.

On the official SNS account that conveys the news of Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, on the 6th, “LunarNewYear” along with a picture of the stadium during the Brighton match was uploaded.

In the picture, a message commemorating the Chinese New Year is written in Chinese on the electronic display board at the stadium. To the right of the message is a caricature of Tang Jia-ri, a Chinese player wearing the number 9 for the Tottenham women’s soccer team, ‘Tottenham Women’.

The problem is that there is a caricature of a man in Tottenham’s number 7 shirt to the left of the message. Anyone can tell that he is Heung-Min Son by looking at his jersey number, unique hairstyle, and even his face.

Fans reacted displeased with the picture on the billboard depicting Son Heung-min as if he were a Chinese player. It can be said that Tottenham Hotspur, who owns the ‘Asian star’, used Heung-Min Son in their marketing in China, but there are criticisms that they failed to take into account the recent escalating cultural conflict between Korea and China.

Netizens commented on the post, “Why is there a Korean to celebrate Chinese holidays?”, “Heung-Min Son is Korean, not Chinese”, “Looks like he’s crazy. Take down the picture right now”, “To make such a mistake with the star of the team”, etc. I was outraged by the comments.

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(Photo = ‘tottenhamhotspurstadium’ Instagram capture)


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