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Chungbuk Cheongju shares pain of ‘Osong underpass tragedy’ in special home game

Chungbuk Cheongju Professional Football Club came from behind to defeat Seoul Eland 2-1 in the 23rd round of the Hana OneQ K League 2 2023 at Cheongju Stadium on Wednesday. There is a story that made the upset win even more meaningful for Chungbuk Cheongju.

On the 15th, a tragic accident occurred at the Gungpyeong 2 underpass in Osong-eup, Cheongju, Chungbuk, resulting in multiple casualties. In response, Chungbuk Cheongju prepared black armbands at the suggestion of the players and wore them from the away game against Bucheon on the 18th.

The 23rd was the first home game after the tragedy. Before the game, head coach Choi Yoon-gyeom said, “It’s really unfortunate that it’s still raining today, as the flood recovery hasn’t been finalized. We want to do our best to provide a little comfort to the people of Chungbuk-do and Cheongju,” he said.

Chungbuk Cheongju minimized its home events for the day. They canceled all off-field events and minimized in-stadium events. One minute before the start of the game, both teams and all spectators observed a moment of silence. It was a moment where everyone expressed their condolences.

The Chungbuk Cheongju supporters stopped cheering for 140 seconds to honor the 14 victims of the tragedy. At the same time, they held up banners expressing their condolences.

One fan at the stadium said, “I was surprised and saddened to learn that the underpass where the tragedy occurred was near my home. I am grateful that the club and supporters have organized this opportunity to pay our respects. Rest in peace to the families of the deceased and I hope it never happens again.”

Peter, who scored the game’s equalizer, was well aware of the tragedy. After the game, he said, “I heard about the tragedy from the foreign players as well. “It was a clear motivation to play harder, and we were able to turn the tide. I would like to express my condolences to the victims and hope that today’s victory will bring some comfort to the victims of the floods.” 먹튀검증

Kim Hyun-joo, CEO of Chungbuk Cheongju, said, “It was very heartbreaking. As a professional soccer team representing Chungcheongbuk-do and Cheongju, we wanted to hold a moment of silence at our home game and share our pain together. Just as our players did not give up and came back to win the game, I hope that the bereaved families and victims of the floods will also get back on their feet,” he said, sending a message of condolence and support.

All members of Chungbuk Cheongju are saddened by the tragedy and plan to go to the flood recovery site to find ways to help.


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