Ex-Newcastle star Ki Sung-yueng denies sexual assault speculation


Former Newcastle and Celtic midfielder Ki Sung-yueng has fiercely denied rumours he sexually assaulted two minors in his home country of South Korea.

Reports in Korea claim an anonymous professional footballer forced two young boys to perform a sex act on him back in 2000.

Further articles have emerged suggesting Sung-yueng is the player behind the incident.

In addition, a South Korean lawyer has claimed the mystery player in question has recently returned to the country.

But Sung-yueng, 32, has issued a statement denying the speculation has anything to do with him.

“This is Ki Sung-yueng. The content of the reported article has nothing to do with me. It never happened,” he wrote on Instagram.



The midfielder moved to Celtic from FC Seoul in 2009
The midfielder moved to Celtic from FC Seoul in 2009

“I bet my football career on it. We decided to respond strongly by mobilising everything necessary for the suffering families. In fact, anyone who makes malicious comments on unconfirmed matters will also face legal action.

“I ran all the way here with my passion for football. It wasn’t true, so I thought there was nothing wrong with it, but I realised that it was a serious issue that threatened the life of football and even the lives of my family.

“We will respond positively without being left behind.”

Hyun Law claim the accusations made are against a “star player who recently joined a club in the greater Seoul area.”

Sung-yueng returned to Korea to sign for FC Seoul in July last year after more than a decade playing in Europe.

Park Ji-hun, who represents the two alleged victims, said: “The two younger players fell prey to these perpetrators because they were small and they were introverted.

“Some 20 years after that, they still have vivid recollections of what happened then, and they’re still traumatised by those memories.



Sung-yeung had a six-year stint at Swansea before they were relegated
Sung-yeung had a six-year stint at Swansea before they were relegated

“First and foremost, the victims want a sincere apology. The hurt inflicted on them has had a serious impact on their lives.”

According to reports, FC Seoul are looking into the matter but Sung-yueng has been allowed to continue training.

Sung-yueng has had a journeyman-like career since leaving FC Seoul in 2009 after his first spell with the club.

From there he moved to Celtic, where he stayed for just over two seasons, before a six-year stint with Swansea in the Premier League, which encompassed a brief loan spell at Sunderland.

After the Welsh club were relegated, Sung-yueng signed for Newcastle in the summer of 2018 and remained at St. James’ Park until January last year.

Following the mutual termination of his Newcastle contract, Sung-yueng then joined Real Mallorca a month later, before returning to FC Seoul last summer once his contract in Spain had expired.

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