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PSG's Lee Kang-In apologises formally in South Korea for Asian Cup bust-up

South Korea's Son Heung-Min (R) celebrates scoring in the Asian Cup with Lee Kang-In
South Korea's Son Heung-Min (R) celebrates scoring in the Asian Cup with Lee Kang-InReuters
South Korea and Paris St Germain midfielder Lee Kang-In (23) formally apologised in Seoul on Wednesday for his role in an altercation with captain Son Heung-Min (31) during the Asian Cup as his country prepare for their 2026 World Cup qualifying matches.

Lee bowed down to offer a formal public apology at Seoul World Cup Stadium after being called for South Korea's home-and-away World Cup qualifying fixtures against Thailand.

Son was left with a dislocated finger as the teammates got into a scuffle on the eve of their Asian Cup semi-final.

Lee had received heavy criticism in South Korea, where Tottenham Hotspur forward Son remains the most popular athlete.

The Koreans ended up losing the semi-final to Jordan, a result which extended their 64-year wait for a third Asian title and also led to coach Jurgen Klinsmann being fired.

"I received so much love and support from fans during the Asian Cup, but I did not reward my fans and I disappointed them," Lee told Korean media on Wednesday.

"Criticism from everyone will help me down the road. I will try hard to become a better person and a better football player, someone who can help the team and set good examples."

Earlier in the day, Son told a press conference that Lee had also offered "a heartfelt apology" during Tuesday's team dinner and the squad had fully accepted it.

"It takes courage to apologise, and Kang-In stood in front of everyone to do it sincerely," Son said.

"I think it allowed everyone to really come close. The vibe in the room is not too bad. I think you won't have to write about my finger anymore."

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