South Korean Soccer Player Son Jun-ho Has Been Released by China

FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 – South Korea Press Conference – Al Egla Training Site 5, Doha, Qatar – November 22, 2022 South Korea’s Son Jun-ho during the press conference

SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korean soccer player Son Jun-ho, who had been detained in China since May 2023, has recently been released and returned home, South Korea’s foreign ministry said on Monday.

The ministry said it had communicated with Chinese authorities via diverse channels during Son’s detention and requested a swift and fair process, but did not further comment on matters related to personal privacy.

When he was detained in China last May, China’s foreign ministry said Son, who was playing for the South Korean national team and Chinese Super League club Shandong Taishan, was suspected of accepting bribes.