Chile manager Reinaldo Rueda and midfielder Diego Valdes have denied claims of racism ahead of their game with South Korea.
South Korea and Chile played out a 0-0 draw on Tuesday, with the build-up to the game overshadowed by claims of alleged racism.
Valdes was pictured making a racist gesture before the game, but subsequently apologised ‘to anyone that could have been offended’. Which is alright then.
Really weak response from Chile coach Reinaldo Rueda when asked at today's press conference about Diego Valdes' racist gesture in a photo with South Korean fans: "Are we going to talk about football or things not related to football?"
No word yet on any potential punishment. pic.twitter.com/hq5Z8V1anw
— Matias Grez (@matias_grez) September 10, 2018
‘In relation to the photography that appears on social networks, it was never my intention to offend and I offer my apologies to anyone that could have been offended,’ he said on Instagram.
Chile manager Reinaldo Rueda also offered what CNN Sport journalist Matias Grez described a “really weak response” to the situation.
“Are we going to talk about football or things not related to football?” the head coach replied when asked about Valdes’ gesture.
Although South Korea were unable to beat Chile on the evening, Son exacted a measure of revenge with a sublime piece of skill at Valdes’ expense.
First he silenced West Ham fans with an absolute screamer in front of the away end for making racist chants & now today he done this to Diego Valdes for making a racist gesture.
Lesson: Don’t be racist when Heung-Min Son is around & expect not to be mugged right off.
— Noz Ahmed (@NozAhmed) September 11, 2018