1. Tuesday, June 25, 2002

    next assignment, peace in the middle east 

    my korean christian bro points us into the direction of the following story from the BBC. pk was very upset at the prospect that i was going to have to be pissed at Italy for the rest of my days. fortunately they backed down from my viscious threats.

    Perugia president Luciano Gaucci has had a change of heart and decided not to sack Ahn Jung-Hwan for scoring the goal that knocked Italy out of the World Cup.

    Gaucci had told Ahn he was not welcome back at the club after his golden goal knocked Italy out in the second round last week.

    But the outspoken president has backed down and taken up the option of permanently signing the striker from K-League club Busan.

    The Serie are now reportedly lining up a move for Japan’s star player Junichi Inamoto.

    Perugia spokesman Paolo Giovagnoni said Gaucci’s decision to sack Ahn had been spur of the moment.

    “It was an emotional reaction, a provocation,” Giovagnoni said.

    Perugia had already bought “one half” of the player and their option to complete his transfer was due to expire at the end of the month.

    Ahn has been with the Italian side since the start of 2000/ 2001, spending most of his time there on the bench.

    His header lifted South Korea to a surprise 2-1 victory over Italy.

    Gaucci responded by proclaiming: “I am not going to pay the salary of a guy who has been the ruin of Italian soccer.”

    Gaucci’s words drew criticism from around the world and the Asian Football Confederation threatened to tell all Asian players to stay away from Perugia.

    once again, busblog to the rescue. keeping korean soccer players employed since 2002.