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Ki Sung Yueng and Han Hye Jin
Han Hye Jin recently expressed her support for her husband soccerplayer Ki Sung Yueng after his negative comments about a former coachsurfaced online and caused a scandal.
"This is a difficult time for us," said the actress on this week'sepisode of the SBS show "Healing Camp." "Because we both have jobs thatkeep us in the public eye, we are really taking a beating. We're downnow but this will pass and things will get better."
The soccer player got a lot of negative feedback for comments he madeabout his former national soccer team manager Choi Kang Hee. In hiscolumn last week, soccer reporter Kim Hyun Hoe quoted comments writtenby Ki Sung Yueng on one of his social media accounts. One of thecomments complained that manager Choi Kang Hee started nagging himbefore he showed up for a game.
"He's been nagging me even before my arrival, so now I bet he'shoping I fail," read the comments. "Hahahaha. This will be interesting."
The comments also said that Ki Sung Yueng was disappointed because he did not get to play in the first half of a game.
"I was so shocked because I didn't get to play for the first half, but Ibet everyone now knows that the team needs players from overseas," saidthe comments. "He shouldn't have touched us, and I hope he doesn't showhis proud face again. Watch out."
His words may have been intended as a joke but some considered them threatening.
Ki Sung Yueng's agency said the account might be faked. It would notbe the first time that a social media page was created in a celebrity'sname. The reporter insisted that it was the soccer player's account. Atfirst Ki Sung Yueng did not comment.
However, a few days after the incident, Ki Sung Yueng apologized tohis coach and deleted the comments. But netizens did not believe hisapology was sincere so he shut down his Facebook page altogether. Theonly venue that netizens then had to voice their displeasure was Han HyeJin's home page. As a result of the negative comments, the star of thedramas "Syndrome" and "Thorn Birds" was forced to shut it down. But theactress refuses to let the comments affect her. She is working hard toremain calm for her own sake and her husband's.
"It's important for athletes to remain calm and focused, so I believeI can help him with this," said Han Hye Jin, who will soon leave"Healing Camp" to join her husband in England. "We will learn throughthe incident and mature. We hope to become better people as a result."
The first thing Ki Sung Yueng may want to learn is a basic socialmedia lesson: never criticize your boss on Facebook or any social mediasite. It may seem like you are only talking to your friends and fans butthe whole world is watching.