The Korea Football Association (KFA) has explained that it “did not pay for the invitation, but was offered the match first.”
Jürgen Klinsmann’s team will play two matches against Tunisia (Seoul) on Nov. 13 and Vietnam (Suwon) on Nov. 17 at Paju NFC.
Some are unhappy with the decision to play Vietnam at home. The criticism was that there was no point in using the few A-match opportunities against a team with a low objective strength, and there was no reason to pay Vietnam an invitation fee.
However, there was no invitation fee and no expenses incurred for the exhibition match against Vietnam.스포츠토토
“Even though the game was held in South Korea, we were invited,” said an official from the Korean Football Association (KFA), explaining, “We accepted the offer because we felt the need to play against Asian teams ahead of the Asian Cup.”
“Usually, we pay an invitation fee for games in Korea, but for the Vietnam game, there was no invitation fee. Airfare, hotel accommodation, etc. are all paid for by Vietnam.”
Meanwhile, Klinsmann is reportedly planning to identify the level of Asian teams through the Vietnam match and prepare for it.
A KFA official said, “It’s inevitable that Klinsmann doesn’t know the quality of Asian teams that are not from major countries. He is going to watch the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Champions League (ACL) matches to check the strength of our players, but also to check the overall level of Asia.”