‘It’s not over yet’ Son Heung-min forgives Bentancur 2nd apology

With Rodrigo Bentancur (Tottenham) posting a second apology, the case appears to be coming to a close. However, there are still issues that remain.

“I have spoken to Son Heung-min,” Bentancur wrote on his social media account on Wednesday (Feb. 22). Given our deep friendship, he understood that the incident was just an unfortunate misunderstanding. I sincerely apologize to anyone who was hurt by my comments in the media, and I want them to know that I never mentioned anyone else. It was not my intention to directly or indirectly offend anyone. I have resolved everything with my friend (Son Heung-min),” he said.

When Bentancur appeared on the Uruguayan program Forla Gamiseta and was asked by the host to “get Son Heung-min’s jersey,” he replied, “I could bring him his cousin’s jersey and he wouldn’t recognize it. They look the same,” he said. It was a racist remark that was based on the perception that all Asians look the same.

Bentancur’s comments were immediately criticized by fans. Bentancur took to social media to apologize to Son Heung-min.

He wrote, “Sonny, I apologize for what happened. What I said was a bad joke, you know how much I love you, and I never meant to disrespect or hurt you,” he wrote.

However, Bentancur’s remarks were ill-advised, as they failed to take into account the pain of Son Heung-min, who has experienced racist behavior from fans in stadiums on multiple occasions.

“Heung-min was recently subjected to racist behavior from a Crystal Palace fan,” the Mirror reported, “and the 44-year-old man who carried out the racist act (eye-gouging) was banned from the stadium for three years, fined and ordered to perform 60 hours of community service.”

However, Bentancur’s response was criticized for being insufficient. Instead of a sincere apology, Bentancur apologized in a tone that suggested he was joking. The apology was posted on Instagram Stories, which automatically disappears after 24 hours. After 24 hours, the apology was nowhere to be found. This is why soccer fans questioned Bentancur’s sincerity.

That’s when human rights organizations got involved. “We have received a significant number of reports regarding Bentancur’s comments about Tottenham teammate Son Heung-min, which have been forwarded to the club 토토사이트 and the relevant authorities,” said Kick It Out, an organization that campaigns against racism in soccer.

“While we understand that Bentancur has admitted to discriminatory behavior, this highlights a broader issue that has a huge impact on East Asia and the wider community, and we will continue to work on this topic in the upcoming season,” the organization added.

Son Heung-min weighed in on the controversy, posting on his social media (SNS) on Tuesday, “I had a conversation with Bentancur. Bentancur made a mistake. He realized his mistake and apologized to me. I don’t think he meant to be offensive. We are still brothers, nothing has changed. We will come back together in the upcoming pre-season and fight as ‘one team’,” he said.

Tottenham also announced on their official social media that they will be conducting anti-discrimination training for the entire squad, including Bentancur. “We are working hard to address this issue,” the club said, “and we will be training all of our players on diversity, equality and inclusion.”

“We fully support our captain Son Heung-min as he puts the controversy behind him and focuses on the upcoming new season,” said Mr. Lee. “We are proud of our global fans and players. There should be no discrimination of any kind in our organization and society.”

The case seems to be coming to a close. But there are still questions. The question remains: will there be any discipline? The English Football Association (FA) is debating whether he should be disciplined. The FA has a history of disciplining players for racist behavior on the pitch, as well as for racist incidents that start off the pitch, like this one.

In 2019, Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva was suspended for one 토토사이트 순위 game and fined £50,000 for comparing teammate Vincent Mendy’s skin color on social media to a character from a Spanish snack brand with dark brown skin.

Silva deleted the post as the controversy grew and lamented that “I can’t even joke around with my friends these days,” but the FA punished him.

“Silva is one of the loveliest people I’ve ever met, he speaks four or five languages, which is the best way to open up to people,” said Pep Guardiola, adding, “One of his best friends is Mendy. Silva loves to tease Mendy. They’re always joking around, and the image is not of skin color. It’s a picture of Mendy as a child and it’s a reference to a similar cartoon,” defended Silva.

In 2021, Manchester United player Edinson Cavani was suspended for three games and fined £100,000 after he shared a post from a fan supporting him on social media and used the word “Negrito,” which is often used to derogatorily describe black people.

If Bentancur is disciplined, he could face a three-match suspension. “The FA are looking into the possibility of disciplining Bentancur for his comments about Son,” said Tom Allnutt of The Times, “and if precedent is anything to go by, it could be a three-match ban and a £100,000 fine.”

There are also transfer rumors to deal with. “Bentancur could be on the move in the summer transfer window despite his strong performances under Enze Postecoglou,” says British outlet TeamTalk, “Bentancur has been touted as one of the players who could bolster the starting lineup for Turkkiye Galatasaray. Coach Okan Buruk is a big fan of Bentancur, although he admits it could be difficult to sign him.”

“Galatasaray met with Ventancourt to discuss personal terms,” the club said, adding that Uruguayans Fernando Muslera and Lucas Torreira will help him to join the club.

His contract ends in June 2026. He returned from a knee injury at the start of the 2023-24 season, only to re-injure his ankle again. In total, he scored one goal and provided one assist in 25 games, only starting 13 of the 23 Premier League matches. He wasn’t a big part of the team.


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