South Korean defender gets four-game ban for stamping on opponent’s face

Sagan Tosu defender Kim Min Hyeok was handed a four-game ban by the J-League on Tuesday, after he was found guilty of stamping on an opponent in a Japanese top-flight game.

The South Korean’s foot connected with the face of Kashima Antlers player Mu Kanazaki as the two tangled near the touchline.

Despite the cynical-looking nature of the stamp, Kim received only a yellow card.

The J-League described the act as “violent conduct and/or threatening another player” after the Antlers asked for a review following their 3-1 win on Friday, with Tosu sorry for their player’s behaviour.

“We would like to reiterate our deepest apologies to Kashima Antlers’ Mu Kanazaki and the rest of the club for Kim Min Hyeok’s behaviour,” Tosu said in a statement on Tuesday.

Kim will miss the league games on April 12 and 18 as well as the Nabisco Cup matches on Wednesday and April 22.

Sources: Reuters, Daily Mail