J-League player Kim apologizes to opponent after stepping on his face during recent match

You may have heard about an incident that occurred during a J-League soccer match last week between the Kashima Antlers and Sagan Tosu which caused a great deal of furor online. Min-Hyeok Kim, a South Korean player for Tosu stepped on the face of one of his opponents, Mu Kanazaki, when the latter fell to the ground during a battle for the ball. The incident sparked some worryingly racially charged comments online in Japan, despite the fact that most soccer fans weren’t especially upset by it — for them, the problem was solved the moment the yellow card and free kick were given by the referee.

Perhaps to placate the angry online mobs or maybe just because he’s actually not a bad guy, Kim visited Kanazaki this week and apologized for stepping on his face during the game.

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