The punishment for Suwon FC foreign striker Lars, who was caught drunk driving, has been confirmed.
The Korea Professional Football Federation 스포츠토토 held the 10th disciplinary committee on the 10th and decided on a suspension of 15 games and a penalty of 4 million won for Suwon FC Las.
Lars was caught driving while intoxicated on the morning of the 7th. At the time, Lars’ blood alcohol level was confirmed as the license revocation level.
On the 7th, the Gangnam Police Station in Seoul booked Lars, a foreign player belonging to Suwon FC in the K League 1, on charges of drunk driving under the Road Traffic Act and is investigating. The police were dispatched after receiving a report of “suspected drunk driving,” and caught Lars on the road in Sinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul at around 4 am that day.
At the time of his arrest, his blood alcohol level was measured at 0.08% or higher, which would result in license revocation. Born in the Netherlands, Lars played for the South African national team. He joined Jeonbuk in early 2020 and has been playing for Suwon FC since the summer of the same year.
Lars scored 9 goals and 5 assists in the K-League 1 this season, including the final shot in a derby match against Suwon Samsung held at Suwon World Cup Stadium two days before drunk driving. He ranks 4th in points and 6th in assists, and the combined attack points of the two categories ranks 2nd in the K-League 1.
His team, Suwon FC, beat Suwon Samsung 2-1 on June 3, and then had 2 draws and 6 losses. Then, on the 5th, they beat Suwon Samsung again and took a victory in two months. I was struck by the thunderbolt of drunk driving. Since the transfer market has already closed on the 20th of last month, it is impossible to recruit a replacement player.
Suwon FC said on the club’s social network service (SNS) on the 9th, “The club urgently opened a team steering committee in response to the drunk driving of Lars (Ras Beltbeek) in the early morning of the 7th (Mon).” In the K-League, the club recognizes the seriousness of the situation and discusses for a long time about the issue in which an unfortunate incident that has been socially criticized despite sounding an alarm about drunk driving that has not been eradicated in the K-League, and despite the club’s steady training of the players. went through,” he said.
“At the time when the atmosphere of the team in the relegation zone was recently created, a foreign player who plays a pivotal role in the team committed an unforgivable crime, and the player was immediately excluded from training and playing.”
In addition, the club said, “According to the opinion that termination of contracts without any conditions, such as the recent case of other clubs, is not helpful in preventing a recurrence in the future, after the results of the federation reward and punishment committee on August 10 (Thursday), A final decision will be made,” he said.
Furthermore, “We made this decision under the judgment that drunk driving is an unacceptable criminal act for any reason with the great responsibility that all professional soccer players belonging to the K-League are public figures. We apologize once again for causing concern to the fans and all football officials.”
As the federation’s disciplinary results come out, Suwon FC is also interested in how to decide about Lars’s future.