Norwich City (England) manager Davit Wagner praised Hwang Eui-jo after he scored the game-winning goal amid allegations of ‘illegal filming’ and a battle for truth with the victim.
“He proved how good he is,” Wagner told reporters after the club’s 1-0 home win over Queens Park Rangers (QPR) in the 17th round of the 2023-2024 EFL Championship at Carrow Road in Norwich, England, on Sept. 26 (local time), according to local media.
“He has good technique and a good work ethic. He has a good understanding of the game.” “He scored really well. He played about 70 minutes, which is more than I expected after playing an A match,” Wagner added.
Hwang Ui-jo, who started up front on the day, played 64 minutes before being replaced by Adam Aida in the 19th minute of the second half, scoring the winning goal in the 21st minute to seal the victory.
After scoring, he celebrated his second goal of the season by putting his finger to his mouth in a so-called “shhh” gesture.
Hwang is under police investigation for illegally filming a sex video with his ex-lover.
While it became known on the 18th that he was investigated by the police as a suspect, on the 21st, the victim directly refuted Hwang’s claim that the video was consensual.
Amid the heated controversy, fans also criticized coach Jürgen Klinsmann and the Korea Football Association for deciding to play Hwang Ui-jo as a late substitute in the second Group C match between South Korea and China at the 2026 North American Football Confederations Cup Asia Second Qualifying Round on June 21.
Hwang’s camp has been in an ongoing battle with the victim over whether he agreed to take the video. Hwang denied the allegations and partially revealed the victim’s identity, turning the situation into a “secondary victimization” controversy.
Wagner first mentioned Hwang’s situation in an interview with local media outlet The Pink Un on March 23.
“We don’t have enough information to know the full picture of what happened in South Korea,” Wagner said at the time, adding, “Ben Nafer will deal with the situation with Hwang Ui-jo and his representative.”
“The only thing I can judge and control is what I see on the field,” he said, adding that he would not take any immediate action against Hwang as the team’s manager. 사설토토