Son Heung-min finally breaks silence on team-mate bust-up | Football

The two South Korean stars have buried the hatchet (Pictures: Instagram / Getty)

Son Heung-min has finally addressed his bust-up with South Korean team-mate Lee Kang-in at the Asian Cup after the pair met up in London to apologise to each other.

The Tottenham star has been wearing strapping on his right hand after dislocating a finger in a scuffle the night before his nation’s shock semi-final defeat at the hands of Jordan.

Captain Son was unhappy that a number of younger members of the squad had rushed away from a team meal in order to play table tennis and an altercation happened when he and other senior players confronted them.

PSG attacker Lee is believed to have said ‘disrespectful things’ to his skipper, with the players having to be pulled apart – which is when Son injured his finger.

Now both players have issued apologies after meeting up in London to bury the hatchet, with Son suggesting he could have handled the situation better as well as asking South Korean fans to forgive Lee for stepping out of line.

Alongside a picture from their meet-up, Son wrote on Instagram: ‘Today, I want to address a somewhat serious and difficult matter.

‘Kang-in has sincerely reflected on his actions and offered heartfelt apologies to me and all the players of the national team.

‘I, too, have made many mistakes and shown undesirable behaviour when I was young, but each time, I had the sharp advice and teachings of good seniors, which I believe have led me to where I am today.

‘To ensure that Kang-in never repeats such misconduct, all of us players, as senior members and leaders of the national team, will be especially supportive to help Kang-in grow into a better person and player.

‘I do not believe I handled the situation well and recognise that my actions deserved criticism. However, as a captain, I believe it is one of my duties to take such unpleasant actions for the sake of the team.

‘Even if faced with the same situation again, I will act in the best interest of the team. However, I will strive to lead my team-mates more smartly and more wisely in the future.

‘Since that incident, Kang-in has been going through a very difficult time. Please forgive him with a generous heart. As the captain of the national team, I earnestly ask for this.

‘Also, rumours circulating about division within the national team are irrelevant to the truth. We have always strived to see only one team and one goal. Despite receiving so much love through football I am sincerely sorry for causing such a disruptive issue.

‘Moving forward, we will work even harder to ensure that the South Korean national team grows stronger from this experience. Once again, I sincerely apologise as the captain of the South Korean national team.’

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